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Originally posted by tommyb98201
OH OH , Im dating myself here!
When I was a kid in the 60's our family, as did many others, had a bomb shelter in our basement. This was because of a threat of nuclear war at the time. Anyone else remember? We also had Air Raid Sirens go off every Wednsday at 2:00 in the afternoon as an emergency test. When this happened our class at school would get up from our desks go to the basement and cover our heads with our coats.
Originally posted by apocalypticon
I think the thing which still creeps me out when I think of it is the old emergency broadcasting test pattern which used to come up on the tv. Weird black and white tv glow, weird looking image, unnerving high-pitched noise...
I wonder how many kids of that era retain these strong images today?
Thanks for the memories...I think
Originally posted by northwolf
... But You can never truly outrule a russian agression around here (I live well within artillery range from the russian border)
posted by tommyb98201 UH OH , Im dating myself . . I was a kid in the 60's . . had a bomb shelter in our basement. because of a threat of nuclear war . . Anyone remember? We had the Air Raid Sirens every Wednesday at 2:00 PM as a test . . our class at school would get up from our desks go to the basement and cover our heads with our coats. Glad it was only a test! Those were scary times people! The threat of nuclear war, war in Vietnam, assassinations. Civil unrest. I remember my next door neighbor coming home with only one leg. I was young . . I witnessed lot of it on TV and experienced some of it personally. [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by donwhite
In 1958, I was hired by the local Civil Defense to be a Geiger counter instructor. I was paid well for 3 hours work two times a month, making demonstrations at local schools and churches. My partner was a specialist in large shelter provisioning and how to shower off contaminated soil or dust. My home, Louisville, Ky, had assumed cont9rl over a large stone quarry which ran several hundred feet into the earth. It was used to stockpile everything from water, food, tents, bunks, clothes and misc. equipment. Every city in America had one or more. Too bad some of us old soldiers didn’t work for FEMA before Katrina. But then, I never owned or trained a horse.
posted by Mahree: “I lived in a small city north of Boston. We had a fall out shelter in our City Hall. We had stockpiles. My job was as a radio operator monitor. I was a volunteer ham radio operator . . we monitored broadcasts from Boston with fall out information for our area should a bomb be dropped on Boston. It was a long time ago, but I believe I had the duty once a week. It is strange now to look back and remember living normally under those conditions. [Edited by Don W]
Workers inspecting the structural foundations of New York's famed Brooklyn Bridge have found a trove of emergency supplies salted away during the Cold War days of the 1950s.