Six Steps to

If an ememy attacked today would you know what to do?

Reprinted January 1957
GPO 829951

Your family is the mainspring of civil defense. Get your family to work as a team in preparing for emergencies - weather from enemy attack or local disaster.

Take the Red Cross First Aid and Home Nursing courses. Keep a first aid kit handy and well stocked. Remember in case of a major disaster, doctors and nurses will have their hands full elsewhere.

Store enough emergency food and water tp sustain your family for a week. Keep this supply in your home shelter, and rotate or replace regularly to keep fresh. A flashlight, a battery-operated radi0, a can opener, first aid supplies, and emergency cooking and sanitation facilities should be kept there too.

Teach your whole family civil defense self-protection measures. Learn your local air raid warning signals; where to tune for CONELRAD emergency instructions via radio; how to find the best refuge if you are caught without warning; and how to fight home fires.

Your civil defense director will be glad to furnish you with complete information.

Sirens, whistles, horns, or other similar devices will warn you in case enemy attack is threatened. Memorize your local signals so you will know what to do instinctively.

The ALERT SIGNAL is steady blast of three to five minutes' duration. In most target areas, the signal will indicate evacuation. In most nontarget areas, the signal will mean that civil defense forces are to mobilize.

In BOTH CASES, you will get further instructions over the CONELRAD emergency radio channels (640 to 1240) and by all other possible means of communication.

The TAKE COVER SIGNAL is a wailing tone, or a series of short blasts, of three minutes' duration.

When you hear this, it indicates that attack is imminent and you must take the best available refuge or shelter. Stay there until civil defense authorities tell you it is safe to come out.

Keep tuned to the CONELRAD frequencies.

At the first indication of enemy bombers approaching the United States, all television and FM radio stations will go off the air. All standard (AM) stations will likewise go silent. The CONELRAD stations, 640 or 1240, are your surest and fastest means of getting emergency civil defense information and instructions. Mark those 'numbers on your radio set - Now!

The best protection against atomic or hydrogen bombs is - Don't be there! particularly in the absence of specially designed shelters. In major cities, this means preattack evacuation.

When you hear the alert signal, do not use your telephone. Instructions will be broadcast over your CONELRAD frequency following the ALERT SIGNAL.

You will be told what evacuation route to take. Take enough suitable clothing and emergency food supplies with you. Obey the directions of civil defense wardens, police, and auxWary police along the route. Keep calm. Panic will endanger lives-including your own.

Do not attempt to reach other members of your family if you happen to be in different sections of the city when the sirens go. School authorities are trained to care for your children. Registration centers will be established at the reception areas so that families can be reunited when the danger is over.

Start now to make a family evacuation plan. Decide what food and clothing to bring. Decide where you will meet afterward if you get separated. Assign responsibilities.

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