The recent escalation of hostilities in Gaza began on Friday August 5, 2022 around 4 p.m. Gaza time. Israel struck targets in Gaza, including an extrajudicial execution, among others, which also left a woman and child dead and dozens injured. Prior to this seemingly unprovoked strike on Gaza, Israel imposed a total siege on Gaza 4 days prior to this strike. It should be noted that Gaza has remained under siege since 2007 with limited permits for people and property.
The extent of the damage and the impact of this recent escalation is not yet clear or how this escalation will develop in the days and weeks ahead. In this context, the PRCS declared an emergency and activated its emergency operating room in Gaza, and it issued an emergency alert for its EMS stations in the West Bank.
The PRCS has taken the following actions in anticipation of a continued escalation and in preparation for any potential response:
Emergency operating room:
• In accordance with the PRCS emergency protocol, the PRCS activated the emergency operations room in Gaza in accordance with its emergency plan.
• The emergency operations room is activated 24/7, covering all areas, closely monitoring developments in the various sites, providing timely reports and ensuring rapid support and supplies to work teams.
• Deployment of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and increase in its capacity from 11 to 23 ambulances and 75 paramedics and first responders (to be further increased depending on the level of emergency). The deployment ensures geographical coverage and response time in the governorates of Gaza.
• Provide emergency posts and centers with logistics, including essential medical supplies and drugs, PPE and fuel as needed. Current levels of supplies available can sustain PRCS operations for up to three weeks.
• Activated protocols for protection, safer access and visibility during the emergency.
• Activate emergency plans in PRCS hospitals and increase the level of preparedness and alert (including medical personnel and logistics) and support as a backup facility when needed to support hospitals in the Ministry of Health.
• Provision of 40,000 liters of fuel for Alquds hospital and 10,000 liters for Al-Amal hospitals which are sufficient for 3 weeks.
• Supply of medicines and disposable products to the two hospitals which will be enough to treat 500 cases.
Shelter and Disaster Management:
• PRCS is monitoring the shelter situation for preparedness in case of displacement, PRCS is ready to respond with kits for 2000 families.
• As part of the preparation, the PRCS ensured the preparation of advanced medical posts (AMP) in the 5 governorates, this includes medical supplies, disposable products, drugs and on-call teams.
Warehouse and logistics.
• Availability for medical and non-medical supplies to distribute when and where needed, including logistical capacity to manage non-food items, medical items, movement of human resources.
• PRCS ordered 100,000 liters of fuel from suppliers in case of prolonged escalation.
• Emergency food supplies are ensured for medical staff, volunteers (150 people) and patients for up to one month.
• The PRCS, through the Emergency Operations Room, has increased the level of coordination with all relevant partners, including Movement partners and the Ministry of Health.
Young people and volunteers:
• PRCS activated the volunteer network, including the community, with the support of 600 trained and specialized volunteers, forming the backbone of all PRCS response activities. These include first responders, assessment volunteers, ambulance drivers and paramedics, media volunteers, national disaster response team, psychological counseling volunteers and multiple specialties.
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