Operation Lifeshield air raid shelters are above-ground, freestanding units suitable for a wide variety of public areas. The shelters were designed by a structural engineer in accordance with the most rigid requirements of the civil defense authorities and are approved by the IDF Homefront Command. In addition, each shelter is inspected and certified by a licensed concrete inspection laboratory and a structural engineer.
Operation Lifeshield shelters are manufactured to safely prevent the penetration of shrapnel and missile fragmentation, as well as injury from explosion concussion and shock waves. They can also withstand a direct hit of Qassam and Grad missiles. Operation Lifeshield shelters are transportable and can be moved by heavy crane from location to location within municipal boundaries as security needs change.
Operation Lifeshield shelters are constructed under strict on-site supervision. Each shelter is 3.6 x 7.2 meters (the inner protected cavity is 12.8 sq. meters) and can accomodate 50 people during an air raid emergency. The height of the unit is 3.4 meters (over 11 feet). The shelters weigh approximately 69 tons. Wall and ceiling thickness is 20 cm (8 inches) of steel reinforced solid concrete.
Each Operation Lifeshield shelter comes equipped with double portal passageways, exterior and interior lighting, electrical outlets, and rough-in for phone/cable outlets.
The exterior of the shelter is available in several esthetically-pleasing colors, including light blue, cream and white stucco. The interior walls and ceilings of the shelters are painted in a light shade. Floors are painted white with reflective yellow safety lines marking the protected cavity area.
Bus Stop Shelter
This bus stop style shelter is a completely functional and esthetically pleasing bus stop shelter. It was designed by Operation Lifeshield architects and engineers in coordination with the IDF Homefront Command and has their certification. The Operation Lifeshield bus stop shelter will provide protection from missile shrapnel & fragmentation, and direct hits of a Qassam missile. It includes an inner cavity for complete protection from all sides. It also provides coverage from nature’s elements (sun and rain).
The Operation Lifeshield bus stop shelter was designed to be deployed along public bus routes, school bus routes, walking routes to schools/kindergartens, busy streets and pedestrian ,areas, thereby providing life saving protection to commuters, drivers, children and any pedestrian caught out in these open areas during a missile attack.
It is transportable and can be easily redeployed to other areas as local security or municipal needs change.
This new Operation Lifeshield bus stop shelter compliments the transportable Operation Lifeshield room shelter that was designed to provide life saving protection by being deployed in public areas such as sports fields, parks, playgrounds, open air markets, and next to “soft” public structures such as kindergartens, youth clubs, senior centers and Synagogues that have no shelter or protection of any type from missile attacks.