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

Reprinted January 1957
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Here are three reasons why everyone should construct a home shelter:

1. In a sneak attack, or where there is insufficient warning for evacuation, any refuge or shelter is better than. none.

2. If you live far enough outside a target area to be relatively safe from blast and fire, there still may be radioactive fallout from the bomb cloud. Any home, no matter how remote from a probable target for enemy bombers, may be in the path of radioactive fallout.

3. Home shelters are also good safety insurance against tornadoes and other types of natural disasters.

An outdoor shelter covered by at least three feet of earth provides good protection against radioactive fallout.

Adequate shelter against blast and initial radiation requires the construction of specially designed shelters. Contact your local civil defense for further information.

Whenever possible, store your emergency food supply, first aid kit, and other essentials in the shelter.

If you are in a fallout zone, you. may have to stay in your shelter for some time-until radioactivity on the outside dies away. Civil defense authorities will notify you when to come out.

If you think you have some of the radioactive dust on you, take no chance-remove your outer clothing and bathe exposed parts immediately, using strong soap if possible.

When atomic or hydrogen bombs are exploded close to the ground, they suck up into the mushroom cloud millions of tons of atomized earth and other material. This material becomes highly radioactive.

Some of the radioactive particles will spill out in the immediate area of the explosion, but others may be carried by the upper winds for many miles. Sooner or later they settle to earth. This is called fallout.

Small amounts of radiation may cause little harm. When radiation is present in concentrated amounts, such as are created by ground bursts of nuclear weapons, that radioactive fallout can cause serious injury or death to those who remain without adequate protective cover.

Your civil defense officials, in consultation with the Weather Bureau, will keep you posted on the direction of possible radioactive fallout, should an attack occur, and tell you what to do.

The best way to survive the hazards of radioactive fallout, or any other threat an enemy may use against us, is to be prepared - know the facts - learn what to do, now!

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