Archive for December, 2009

Video footage of Hibakusha testimony (Japanese atomic bomb survivors) was released December 23, 2009. Voices of the Survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki is available on YouTube and through its own site. Approximately 349 digital interviews are included in Voices. has an article on the powerful history behind the project. Advertisements

Continuity of State & Local Government (Executive Office of the President, Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, September 1958; SuDoc PR34.758:L-20) is a pamphlet that describes a “four point course of action State and local governments must take to survive a nuclear attack.”  The four points  “for the survival of the nation” are: establish automatic […]

A rare document on the Web, Personal Preparedness in the Nuclear Age, Student Manual (December, 1960, SM-3-11, Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, GPO; SuDoc: Pr 34.761:P 43), is the text for the course of the same title (p.iii). Pages 8-68 are a guide to CBR (chemical, biological and radiological) fallout, fallout shelters, warning systems, […]

In Time Of Emergency: A Citizen’s Handbook on Nuclear Attack, Natural Disasters (Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense, H-14, 1971; SuDoc D 119.8/2:14 ) is available through Project Gutenberg and Internet Archive in .html. The doc appears to have been revised in various years (1968, 1977, 1984), but the version presented here at Atomic […]

The Rural Civil Defense Youth Program (Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, MP-22, 1960?; SuDoc Pr 34.759:22) is a civil defense  “leaders’ guide” for those “who teach American boys and girls.” The publication stresses the importance of knowledge concerning  fallout shelters and survivability, the dynamics of radioactive fallout, and suggestions for civil defense education projects […]

A Realistic Approach to Civil Defense:A Handbook for School Administrators (American Association of School Administrators and National Commission on Safety Education in cooperation with the Office of Civil Defense, Dept. of Defense: GPO, 1966, SuDoc: D 119.8:C 49) reports  “people will not die of radiation sickness if they have adequate shelter for a sufficient, and […]

Winning School Fallout Shelter Designs (Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense: GPO, May 1963,  SuDoc: D 13.8/3:9) is “an abstract of OCD Technical Report TR-19.”**  The publication lists the 1963 awardees of the National School Fallout Shelter Design Competition, conducted by the American Institute of Architects and National Society for Professional Engineers for the […]