Soon after moving here last August, I saw notices that gas masks were being distributed in Karmiel and figured that there was no rush to get them – I’d pick them up when I had a chance. Every Israeli citizen is supposed to be equipped with a gas mask, and though it’s important there was no immediate need for them and I had lots of things to do in the wake of our recent move.
Unfortunately, I later learned that it was just a temporary local distribution, and all the regular distribution points are in different cities. This isn’t a big deal if you have a car, but there’s no way for me to bring home twelve gas masks by bus. So this stayed on the edge of my mind as something I needed to do, but not something I could accomplish without a significant cash outlay for a rental car or taxis.
When I learned that last week was the end of a one week distribution for gas masks in Karmiel, this time I knew to make it a priority. Dh came home by taxi loaded down with twelve gas masks (we also picked up one for ds19), and I’m so glad to have this taken care of. I wanted to put them in our storage are since they take up a lot of space but my kids think I’m totally irresponsible since they’re supposed to be kept somewhere that they can be quickly accessed, though I told them that they can be moved to a higher priority spot if G-d forbid it becomes necessary.
This is one of those things you take care with the hope that you’ll never need them.