When the first alarm was sounded in Jerusalem, signaling that Iraqi scud missiles were on the way, the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book were quickly taken to an underground “safe” room, which has steel walls nearly a foot and a half thick. The room had been previously prepared for just such an emergency. Other special museum treasures were also taken to the room.

The scroll fragments in the Rockefeller Museum were not moved because they are permanently kept in a protected underground room.

Photographs of all scrolls, both published and unpublished, have been stored in the United States and England for security purposes.