A new organization has been formed to raise awareness about the vulnerability of Be’er Sheva, Israel residents to missile attacks, and their need for more bomb shelters.
57Seconds is “the amount of time we have in Be’er Sheva, Israel from when we hear a rocket siren, to the time a rocket explodes in our city.”
“Try to imagine right now that a city just 26 miles (42 km) from you is firing live rockets at you,” he suggested. “The feeling of being outside and unprotected when a rocket is headed your way is something no one should have to go through.”
Yoav Kaufman founded 57seconds as a response to the 12,000+ rockets fired at the South of Israel over the last 12 years by Hamas from Gaza.
The mission of 57seconds is to help raise awareness about the security situation in the south of Israel, and to raise funds for a public bomb shelter, so when rockets fall again, we’ll have a safe place to go.
At present, Kaufman is hoping to purchase and donate a $13,000 “bell shelter” that can accommodate up to 10 people. “The small size of these type of shelters allows for smooth placement, “ he explained. “They are for public, not private use, and they are proven to withstand the blast of a Qassam rocket.”
Bell shelters, each weighing 10 tons, can be used at kindergartens, senior centers, parks, farms, recreational centers and security posts.