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In Time Of Emergency (Take Notice of Fallout Shelter Signs): Unknown Announcer [1968]

Another perfunctory civil defense spot from a government preoccupied with the hot war in Vietnam. It is interesting to note how diminished the sense of urgency is in the late '60s PSAs when compared to many of those from the early '50s. The intent of this PSA is to remind the listener about the existence of public fallout shelter space as provided by the government.

The yellow and black fallout shelter signs that began to be posted on public buildings in 1961 (and for many years thereafter) were the result of a massive U.S. Department of Defense initiative intended to identify public shelter space for the majority of Americans. Eventually, over a million public spaces were marked with the familiar sign and many of these spaces were also stocked with water, canned food and medical supplies. By 1992 there was an official, if disorganized, effort to start taking the shelter signs down and to de-stock the spaces of the moldy, 30-year-old supplies. Though the sightings are increasingly rare, some buildings still have a rusty fallout shelter sign posted.
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In Time Of Emergency (Take Notice of Fallout Shelter Signs): Unknown Announcer [1968]

This is basic Civil Defense information from the Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense, Washington. Wherever you go, whatever you do, it's always wise to keep an eye open for the black and yellow public fallout shelter signs. Each one marks a place that's been thoroughly checked for proper shielding against radioactive fallout, and in many cases, already stocked with emergency food rations, water and basic survival equipment. Knowing where the nearest one is could save you crucial minutes in time of emergency. If your local government has instructed you to go to a specific public shelter in event of nuclear attack, find out exactly where it's located, and the best way to reach it promptly. Check on whether there's a shelter in or near your child's school, and if not, find out what other actions would be taken by the school authorities to protect him in emergency. In short, take time now to make a family emergency plan, and then, make sure every member of your family knows it.


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