MDA prevents havoc during weekend snowstorms

Publié: 13 mars 2015 9:10 CET

By Andreea Anca

Responding to the severe snowstorms that recently affected several areas in Israel, Magen David Adom (MDA) activated its ambulance service, which was well-prepared to respond to the extreme weather conditions.

The National Society’s “White Flakes” contingency plan enabled workers to provide sustainable emergency medical services to people in the affected areas, taking into account damages to infrastructure and other potential risks caused by the storm.

Volunteers on 4X4s

Volunteers provided transport in 4x4s to doctors and paramedics making house calls in areas either blocked by high piles of snow or flooded by heavy rain. In Tzfat, volunteers used their own vehicles to support the local authority in providing transport services to the residents who were not able to return to their homes before the snowstorm.

Meteorologists had predicted severe winter weather in the northern parts of the country.

Magen David Adom workers had been on high alert in advance of the storms, and ambulances were equipped with special material to treat hypothermia. Although an MDA`s evacuation centre in the Jerusalem Municipality was ready to open its doors to the most vulnerable population, the well-coordinated response covered all needs and the centre remained closed.