Gas mask destribution in Ashdod Ilan Assayag 9/7/2010
Gas mask destribution in Ashdod, July 9, 2010. Photo by Ilan Assayag
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Moti Milrod
Israelis waiting in line to receive gas masks in Tel Aviv, August 28, 2013. Photo by Moti Milrod

In light of reports of a possible U.S. strike on Syria, Israelis have been scrambling to get their hands on gas masks to prepare for a possible retaliation on Israel. While the Home Front Command has not called on citizens to obtain gas masks, many have already flocked to distribution points to pick up the kits.

If you are in Israel, looking to obtain a gas mask, here is how you can go about doing so.

The Home Front Command runs a user-friendly English-language website that provides information and guidance on various subjects pertaining to the obtainment and usage of gas masks, early warning alerts, and various other topics. 

According to the website, a gas mask kit can be obtained in two ways:

1. By going to one of the distribution stations (listed below)

2. By ordering one via the home delivery service of the Israel Postal Authority. This  service is accompanied by a delivery fee of NIS 25. For additional information on the service, contact the Israel Postal Authority's call center at *2237 or visit the Israel Postal Authority website.

The following list of gas mask kit distribution centers and their hours of activity is a translation of the one provided on the postal service's Hebrew website. Hours and dates of operation are subject to change. It is recommended to call the Home Front Command information hotline for updates. Its telephone number is 104.

UPDATE: As of August 29, all gas mask distribution centers to remain open until 7 P.M. due to mass request.

Jerusalem district:

Jerusalem: Shmuel Hanavi community center, 3 Magen Haelef street. Active: August 18 to September 3, Sun-Thu 11:00-19:00.

Hadar mall, 26 General Pierre Koenig, next to Ne'eman Café. Active: August 1 to September 3, Sun-Thu 11:00-19:00.

Beit Shemesh: Big Fashion Mall, 3 Yigal Alon street. Active: August 4 to August 29, Sun-Thu 11:00-19:00.

Ma'ale Adumim: Adumim Mall, entrance level, via Shalom gate, 5 Derech Kedem. Active: August 18 to August 29, Sun-Thur 11:00-19:00.

Central district:

Tel Aviv: Post office branch at 137 Derech Hahagana. Active: August 18 to September 3, Sun-Thu 08:00-15:00.

Rozin Community Center (Matnas), 2 Drezner. Active: September 1 to September 12. Sun-Thu 10:00-19:00.

Bnei Brak: Ramat Elhanan 'Pais' center, corner of Abraham and Rabinov streets. Active: September 1 to September 12, Sun-Thu 10:00-19:00.

Ramat Gan: Beit Hatzanhan, 121 Rokah. Active: September 1 to September 12. Sun-Thu 10:00-19:00.

Southern district:

Bat Yam: Ehud Kinamon Sports Arena, 10 Harav Nechuyot. Active: September 1 to Sptember 12, Sun-Thu 10:00-19:00.

Northern district:

Haifa: 22 Haneviiim street, above the post office. Active all year. Sun-Thu 08:00-15:00.