desert soldiersThis week, Israel hit its hottest day in five-years. Sweltering temperatures throughout the country would be an understatement.

“When people are hot, they can choose to sit in the shade or enjoy indoor air-conditioning,” reflected Dr. John A.I. Grossman, LIBI USA Chairman. “But, IDF soldiers don’t have that option. They are responsible to man their stations in full gear and while wearing heavy uniforms which allows Israelis to enjoy their summer vacation in security.”

Temperatures reached 43 Celsius/109.4 Fahrenheit in Tiberius in the north and Ein Gedi in the south, 33 Celsius/91.4 Fahrenheit in centrally located Tel Aviv, 40 Celsius/104 Fahrenheit in Jerusalem and 45 Celsius/113 Fahrenheit in southern Eilat. In other words, all borders and areas in Israel were steaming.

Not only were temperatures soaring but humidity was over eighty percent in some locations including along the shoreline and inland.

The Health Ministry along with Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency services have advised that the average resident drink at least three liters of water a day, rest, and wear a hat when outside along with sunglasses and sunscreen.

“Our soldiers need to stay hydrated in order to stay alert and healthy while they protect Israeli borders,” continued Grossman.

That is why LIBI has increased its efforts to raise much needed funds to supply IDF soldiers with Camelback Hydration Packs. These packs keep drinking water close at hand. They fit conveniently in soldier backpacks and have an easily accessible straw so soldiers can maintain their position at all times.

Soldiers are trained to recognize signs of dehydration such as headache, dizziness or general weakness. Should fainting occur, the soldier has already reached hypothermia which requires emergency care. Camelback Hydration Packs help to avoid this dangerous scenario.

The severe heat and humidity forced the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to close certain hiking trails around the country. They reminded hikers that should they choose to be outdoors during this heatwave, carrying plenty of water is a must.
“Soldiers can’t choose their assignments. But, we can choose to help soldiers succeed with their duties by giving them helpful supplies,” noted Grossman.