Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Survival in Nuclear Attack (or other emergency)

If you have read my 'Wartime Woman' blog, you will know that I am getting into 'prepping', or getting ready for any emergency - be it a cyclone, flood, financial crisis, or even war. I have been finding some great resources online, as well as a list of books I want to read, including 'One Second After.'  

Back in the 1950s and 60s (and even upto the 1980s) the threat of nuclear attack was at the forefront of many people's minds, and government agencies put out simple tips to help people prepare for the impending crisis. simple, but not altogether effective, perhaps.....the hiding under the desk or 'duck and cover' advice always seems a bit crazy, don't you think? 

This advice is from the Civil Defence Organisation of NSW, 1961.

Hopefully Nuclear attack is something we won't have to face - but storms, flooding, fire and cyclones have been hitting everywhere around the world lately.  Not to mention the GFC, and now there is also the possibility of Electric magnetic pulse knocking out the world as we know it. Wonderful!  

Maybe we should all just build one of these? 

A nuclear family enjoying their 1950s prefab shelter
For some more interesting reading and viewing, try these free downloads -

 Health guides for when there is no doctor - Hesperian Health guides
Beyond Collapse – a 400+ page book that can be downloaded here
Latter Day Saints Preparedness Manual –  download here
Atomic Cafe, the 1982 movie on youtube

Deb xx


  1. Hi, Deb! I remember those school drills in which we were instructed to hide under our desks. How futile most of those steps and precautions seem today! I live in a hurricane prone area. During the 2004 season, three hurricanes in a row plowed through my vicinity. We needed to crouch in a closet for hours waiting for the storm to pass. Trees toppled onto our roof and smashed a neighbor's fence. It was a mess. Our part of Florida is also known as the lightning capital of the world. Needless to say I don't look forward to summer in Florida!

  2. Me, too, stockpiling cans under the basement stairs. As if that would've done a thing, hiding under the stairs, 20 miles from Wash., DC? It's not a funny subject, but the family lounging in the prefab is hilarious!

    Great blog, and enjoying every post, Deb!


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