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Images from Family Fallout Shelters.

A filmstrip presentation produced in 1960 by the U.S. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization for use in the “Home Preparedness Workshops” held in local communities. Target audience was the average American housewife and homemaker of the period. This is number 2 in a series of 5 filmstrips made by the OCDM for use in the Home Preparedness Workshop.

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Actual PSA from the Office of Civil Defense (1965) advising farmers on how to take action in the event of a nuclear catastrophe…using marionettes.

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Aftermath of Hurricane Diane, August 20, 1955

Hurricane Diane struck the Atlantic coast from August 17 through August 19, 1955. Coming only days after Hurricane Connie, the storm resulted in extensive flooding as rivers overflowed and dams collapsed, and caused over 180 deaths and widespread damage across the Mid-Atlantic states and New England.  

  1. Flooding in Easton, Pennsylvania during Hurricane Diane, 8/20/1955.
    Series: Civil Defense Photographs, 1951 - 1961Record Group 304: Records of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, 1947 - 1962  
  2. Road Destruction, Holyoke, Mass. 8/20/55; 6-7 Jackson St. Washout.
    Series: Historical Photographs of Flood Events, 1927 - 1984Record Group 77: Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1789 - 1999  
  3. Flooding at Warren Street in Trenton, New Jersey during Hurricane Diane, 8/20/1955. 
    Series: Civil Defense Photographs, 1951 - 1961Record Group 304: Records of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, 1947 - 1962
  4. Flooding at Main Street in Winsted, Connecticut during Hurricane Diane, 1955.
    Series: Civil Defense Photographs, 1951 - 1961Record Group 304: Records of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, 1947 - 1962

More photos from Hurricane Diane and the Flood of 1955 in the National Archives Catalog

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The US Air Force has confirmed that a B-52H Stratofortress crashed at approximately 8:30 a.m. on the Andersen flightline. “All seven aircrew members have safelyegressed the aircraft. No injuries have been reported. Emergency responders are on scene,” a released stated. “The B-52 was deployed to Andersen AFB from Minot, North Dakota, as part of the DoD’s continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific. The aircrew are members from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and were performing a routine training mission.”

Guam Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas confirms GFD received a call for additional support for firefighting capabilities and assisting units from Andersen Air Force Base in response to a military aircraft crash on base, reportedly a B-52. San Nicolas confirms they are executing a Memorandum of Understanding between military, federal, and local fire emergency services.

The Office of Civil Defense is also coordinating efforts to send a water tanker to the site. According to Guam International Airport spokesperson Rolenda Faasuamalie, there has been no impact to GIAA Operations.

The Governor’s Office has also issued a statement “We assure the public this does not appear to be an attack, and we highly discourage anyone from spreading assumptions, or any information that does not come from Civil Defense or the military itself.”

Civil Defense Window Display at Sage Allen Department Store in Hartford, Connecticut, 1956

From the series: Civil Defense Photographs, 1951 - 1961, from the Records of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, 1947 - 1962

This photograph depicts a Civil Defense window display at the Sage Allen Department Store in Hartford, Connecticut, which was put in by the Connecticut State Office of Civil Defense from January 16 through January 23, 1956.

A interesting complement to our post yesterday of nuns stocking their school fallout shelter.

via the National Archives at Kansas City on Twitter:

“Every Family Should have a Shelter Area” See a window display from the Civil Defense Admin. #TDiH 1956 http://t.co/Y7Xnpfkj4Y #emergency

— Kansas City Archives (@KCArchives)

January 23, 2014