Archive for the ‘civil defense’ Category

Historically, censorship has been employed by the U.S. government as a shield to restrict specific categories of information during war. For example, the Office of Censorship’s Code of Wartime Practices (1945) requested that publishers and broadcasters refrain from communicating information on weapons, “military intelligence,” and casualties during WWII.  Nuclear weapons fell under this type of […]


From the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, How It Was Done: Rural America (1960; SuDoc: Pr 34.759:17) is really a case study in shelter building in the community of Gratiot County, located in central Michigan.  “22 discussion groups” were conducted with civil defense program officials to educate Gratiot County residents on building and living […]


An exceedingly rare publication focused on atomic civil defense in Denver, Just in Case Atom Bombs Fall  (Civil Defense Office of Denver, Colorado, 1951), carries the Federal Civil Defense Administration’ s (FCDA) logo, and is similar to many atomic docs published by FCDA. In addition to the colorful graphics, of note are the following: Civil […]


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 […]


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 […]