As tens of thousands of households awoke Saturday to another white morning devoid of electricity, running water and landline connections, particularly in the cities that bore the brunt of this week’s snowstorm, State Comptroller Yosef Shapira said he would probe the country’s response to the storm and assess its level of preparedness.
Shapira said he would probe the responses of the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), Israel Police, public transport companies, municipalities and welfare systems.
Shapira was quoted by Ynet News as saying that the lack of preparedness for stormy weather was “a problem on a national scale.”
Israelis complained throughout Friday of power outages, lack of running water, insufficient information regarding roads blocked due to snow and ice buildup and inefficiency in clearing roads, leading many drivers to be stranded in their cars or homes, particularly in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, the police traded barbs with the Jerusalem municipality, accusing it of underestimating the severity of the storm and miscalculating the need for emergency measures.
“The municipality should be able to operate emergency shelters. After all, there could be scenarios in which thousands of people reach Jerusalem in wartime and must be given temporary shelter,” Ynet News quoted a police source as saying.
“This time, it was snow – a much less extreme scenario – and things still didn’t run smoothly,” he said.