With an ever-changing political situation in Israel, every Israeli lives with a sense of uncertainty towards the future. But when disaster strikes, an Israeli without disability can quickly get to safety. People with disabilities may not have that guarantee. To support people with disabilities in times of crisis, Israel Unlimited created its basket of Emergency Services. Whether it’s a terrorist attack or war, or a natural disaster like the Carmel Forest Fire of 2010, Israel Unlimited works to ensure the safety and security of people with disabilities all over Israel.
Through programs like the Centers for Independent Living, Accessible Communities and Supported Housing, Israel Unlimited has created a list of people with disabilities in both major Israeli cities and peripheral areas. When necessary, cohorts of volunteers travel door to door in these mapped areas to check on local people with disabilities, help them get to bomb shelters and distribute accessible, portable bathrooms. Ideally, Israel will one day find peace. Until then, there are Emergency Services.
For questions, contact Yakir Pnini-Mandel at YakirP@jdc.org.
We provide quality, caring and humane services to communities and individuals before, during and after trauma. To disseminate our extensive knowledge of psychological trauma through academic research and training so that others can implement this knowledge in their communities. The team at the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychiatric Trauma consists of mental health care professionals and researchers committed to offering quality services.1
Israel's Homefront Command produced a booklet for Israeli citizens providing instructions and guidelines for times of emergency. Through the support of JFNA, Israel Unlimited created a more accessible booklet with simplified language for people with cognitive disabilities to ensure that they would receive and understand the insutrcutions and guidelines.