Update - several rockets were fired at Israel overnight. More were fired this morning. No one expects calm to return soon. Hamas has ordered us not to target the homes of its leaders - apparently, they don't mind if we target the homes of civilians as they do...it's just the cowardly leaders that must be protected.
Some news flashes are calling last night a relatively calm night because, hey, after you shoot 80 rockets in like an hour, anything is calm relative to that barrage.
Instructions for the day:
Within 40 km of Gaza - no camps, only schools, etc. in protected areas. No gatherings over 300 people (reduced from 500 people as announced last night.
General instructions for everyone - prepare a safe room - that doesn't mean go in it, just if you've filled your bomb shelter with boxes...empty it out. If you want to clean it, clean it. Put water, flashlight, radio and whatever else you feel that you might need.
In the case of an alarm (everyone) - go into the shelter and remain there for 10 minutes (more if there was yet another rocket; perhaps less if you get a signal of an all clear - which is the standard air raid siren, only much shorter. When in doubt - give it a few minutes...take a good book in there). If you do not have a shelter - seek cover in the safest possible area....typically this is the stairwell - you want to be as central to the building as possible, as far from outside walls and/or windows as possible - stay away from glass (explosion and glass .... not a good combination). If you are in a four story building - go down two floors; three story...go down one floor. You want to be far enough away from the roof and sides as possible...
Depending on where you are - pay attention to how much time you have. Beersheva has 60 seconds Sderot has 15. In Maale Adumim, we had 3 minutes in the last round, I have heard 60 seconds here as well. We in the Jerusalem area are NOT being told to stay within 60 seconds of shelter at this time; within 40 km - yes, stay within that "safety" zone.
If you are outside when you hear a siren - if you are in a car, get out and seek the nearest building. If you are in an open area and cannot get to shelter - lay down on the ground and cover your head with your hands or whatever you have. When a rocket hits, it throws/shoots shrapnel - this will fly up and go over your head if you are laying on the ground; this alone can cause serious injury if you are standing.
here's hoping for a quiet day....this is Israel...and no matter what, no matter what - this is OUR country and they will NOT take it from us. This is operation Tzuk Eitan - being translated as Operation Protective Edge...we are protecting the edges of our country.
A good video worth watching regarding taking shelter: http://israelisoldiersmother.blogspot.co.il/2014/07/important-video-for-secure-places-when.html