Red Alert Tips at Jerusalem’s Top Attractions

July 10, 2014
By: Joanna Shebson

During Operation Protective Edge in Israel, the streets in Jerusalem are full of people living life as if everything is normal. The Israeli attitude prevails; “we must not let the enemies stop our lives. Continue to live as usual while being aware of your surroundings”. We are also aware that there are many tourists in the city for summer vacation and we want to make sure you have all the information you need.

What you need to know:
: Secured Rooms
Miklatim: Underground Shelters
מרחב מוגן: Sign leading to a safe room in a building

What do you do if you are out during a siren?

We contacted some of Jerusalem’s most popular tourist attractions to ask them what they recommend for their visitors.

Jerusalem Zoo: There are miklatim and mamadim throughout the zoo. Check with the guard at the entrance when you enter the zoo.

Cinema City– If there is a siren that goes off there will be announcements in the theater to direct you where to go. Follow the instructions. Many of the theaters are considered mamadim because they are underground. But there are also other facilities that are considered reinforced areas and safe areas within the cinema city complex.

Israel Museum: The Museum has mamadim  and miklatim, depending on the building.   The security guards will direct crowds to the proper locations in the event of a siren. If you are in the Youth Wing there is a miklat there. Anyone on Big Bambú would be directed to go to the Museum Store, where there is a miklat. The Shrine of the Book has a miklat as well.  Anyone on the third floor galleries would be directed to go to a lower floor to the nearest safe room.

Bloomfield Science Museum: The Auditorium located on the basement level of the museum is the safe room. Guards have been instructed to guide visitors to the safe area quickly and there are also signs on the walls with arrows.

Mamilla Mall– There is an official miklat in Mamilla across the path from Renuar. There will be guards giving instructions who you can follow. Just to be sure make sure to ask a guard when you enter the complex. They have now posted signs around the mall directing people to shelters and the staff at Mamilla has also told us that the parking lot is a safe place to go because it is underground.

First Station– There are no miklatim or mamadim in First Station.

Hotels: If you are staying at a hotel make sure to ask when you check in where the closest miklat is. Internal staircases are also a good place to stand during a siren. The King David Hotel recommends that you go down to -1 and the Inbal Hotel recommends going down to -2 in their hotel.


The Home Front Command has instructed citizens and tourists to take cover in a mamad or in a miklat (bomb shelter). The city has public miklats located in each neighborhood that have been opened up for use in case of a siren in Jerusalem. The siren system gives everyone in Jerusalem a 90 seconds warning before a rocket will land in the area. It is also important to mention that Israel has invested a large amount of money in the Iron Dome which is able to intercept the rockets before they land in populated areas but there can still be falling objects of an intercepted rocket so do not stand in an outside open area.

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We have not listed all of the attractions in Jerusalem. If you have a specific question about an attraction please post a comment here.

About Joanna Shebson

Joanna is the Founder and FUN Expert at Fun In Jerusalem. What started out as a mommy blog has grown into a successful tourism website. Joanna is married with three kids and lives in Katamon, Jerusalem. She loves to inspire family fun in Jerusalem.
6 Responses
  • Jaclyn Barnes says:

    Wonderful article and informative.What do you do if your at the beach for protection?Or if your at the Shuk?
    I walk with a walker and can not move fast,so need help.In a time of emergency.

    • Joanna Shebson says:

      During this time of unexpected rockets and sirens I would suggest that you don’t go to the shuk or the beach. I truly hope it will end soon and you can go back to enjoying Jerusalem.

  • Shaniqua LeSalle says:

    Are the shuk and beaches options for families with no special needs?

    • Joanna Shebson says:

      Since there are still daily rocket attacks on the beach areas I would not recomend going to the beach. I do think the shuk is a safe place to go. Everyone must decide for themselves based on daily current events.

  • Michael Angelo says:

    What’s the situation in Jerusalem now? Is it still safe to travel there? We are planned to visit for 1 night from Jordan on the 28th. We want to visit Holy Sepulchre and Nativity in Bethlehem.Thanks.

    • Joanna Shebson says:

      The war is continuing but there have not been any rockets in Jerusalem for the last few days. I do not have any information about Bethlehem but I would recommend going with a guide who is familiar with the area and can hire a car for you to get there.

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