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In response to the devastating Carmel fires, JDC immediately activated its Emergency Response Team in the North and continues to coordinate relief and recovery efforts with local authorities and the Israeli government to ensure the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable in the area, especially evacuated elderly, disabled, and youth at risk.
Also, JDC’s network of Israeli volunteer initiatives is working closely with local municipalities to provide additional assistance. In communities where these volunteer programs exist, the ability to quickly address the needs of evacuees was marked in comparison to other locations. JDC’s Emergency Response System—developed during the second intifada and the Second Lebanon War—is ensuring the swift delivery of all needed support.
We are working closely with the Israel’s Ministries of Social Affairs and Health, Home Front Command and the National Emergency Network to monitor the situation and make a clear assessment of current needs and those that will arise once the fire has been extinguished.