Safety and Security
As it is with all Detroit Federation missions, the number one priority for TM18 is the safety, security, and well-being of all participants. All of our activities are coordinated through our Federation office in Jerusalem in conjunction with our trip provider in Israel. They are carried out in compliance with the strictest safety requirements, in accordance with the standards set by the Ministry of Education. These bodies coordinate directly with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Israeli Police and the SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel).
All itineraries and routes are approved by these official government authorities prior to arrival and again re-approved on a daily basis. The SPNI runs a 24/7 “Situation Room” that channels, on an immediate basis, all updated security information from the IDF and the Israeli Police to the proper addresses. A group’s itinerary will be changed immediately to reflect any heightened risk or security concerns. Each morning, the Group Coordinator contacts the “Situation Room” to be briefed on any updates.
The group will have a GPS with them at all times in order for the “Situation Room” to keep track of the group’s location. They will also have a cell phone to facilitate easy instant communication. The group travels with an armed guard/trained medic on each bus.
We continually revise the security ratings of all sites and of our various logistical suppliers. This includes bus companies, hotels, restaurants and all sites.
Public transportation is off limits. Participants only travel in private buses from approved vendors. Free time is supervised and limited to sites and areas that are pre-approved based on current security guidelines.
Clergy and TM18 Coordinators on the mission and in the Detroit office are always available by cell phone. Prior to departure, the Teen Mission office will provide participants and their families with contact information.