Palestine Intensifies Precautions Against Air Raids

Air raid precautions are being intensified through out the country as a result of latest developments in the international situation.

High Commissioner Sir Harold A. MacMichael has issued an order, under the defense regulations, listing 73 buildings in various parts of Haifa as public air raid shelters. The District Commissioner’s office is compiling a register of children, aged, infirm and mothers of infants who should be the first evacuated from Haifa in the event of emergency.

The Jewish Agency’s A.R.P. (air raid precautions) adviser, accompanied by a staff, is touring the country advising settlements on organization of precautionary measures, arranging for warning, shelters, fire-fighting and first aid. In the coastal colony of Nathania an A.R.P. instructor has been appointed and a coordinating committee has been set up including the local military commander, civil administration, police and communal heads.

A Jewish special constabulary of 1,000 volunteers is being formed in Tel Aviv under the command of the district superintendent of police, in collaboration with the Jewish Agency and the Tel Aviv municipality. The Government has authorized enrollment of men aged 30 to 45, of good character and prepared to assist the police in maintaining law and order when called upon. The volunteers will be given a short training course and will not be paid. The officers of the corps will also be volunteers.

More than 1,000 young men and women have completed first aid courses and 7,000 more have completed elementary courses given by the Red Shield (Jewish Red Cross), according to an announcement in Tel Aviv. The youths are all volunteers. The Tel Aviv municipality. has recommended seafood wartime menus, eliminating a large proportion of the foods which have to be imported.

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