The IDF Home Front Command is preparing hospitals in Israel for a range of security threats, including large-scale missile attacks and chemical attacks, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday, January 2. All 27 hospitals in Israel have undergone intensive chemical weapons incident drills – including surprise exercises. Exercises include training hospital staff to deal with conventional missile attacks, mass-casualty incidents and “mega-mass casualty incidents,” – involving 1,000 or more injuries. The threat of a chemical attack from neighboring Syria is very low, but the defense community’s contingency planning includes steps to both prevent and cope with such a threat. The Home Front Command has also created underground areas in major hospitals, so intensive care and pregnancy wards can be transferred there in the case of missile attacks.