In time of Emergency
a citizen’s handbook
on Nuclear Attack Natural Disasters
Department of Defense
Straight from the 1960s, here is your comprehensive guide to surviving a nuclear attack and/or a natural disaster. This book has all the pertinent information on creating a fallout shelter, recognizing symptoms of radiation poisoning, and medical emergencies.
The natural disaster section is rather thin in comparison and is really just basics of listen to the radio and follow instructions of authorities in your area. The tornado section advises opening all the windows, which is now inaccurate.
Personally, I believe that libraries can serve an important role in major disasters. I really loved hearing how libraries step up during this time and adapt to their community’s needs. (Read this NPR article on the library’s role during Hurricane Sandy.)
So get your safety checklist in order!
This book looks older than it is. I keep thinking that this isn’t terribly different from our posts from the Cold War era. Most of the advice is like the chapter on Nuclear Explosions, below. Don’t look at the blast, etc. The entire book is underwhelming. However, I am glad to see the late Allen Ludden doing his part during a nuclear blast. I feel safer already.
Life Saving for Teenagers
Submitter: This was discovered in a public library, in the junior non-fiction section. Not only is it horrifically out of date but it’s also very strange. Instead of teaching how to do Artificial Respiration, it demonstrates how to do a practice drill. Without any information on what you would do in a real life situation.
From p. 31 – What is now known as the Recovery Position is called “Coma Position”
From p. 93 – Example of demonstration of tow carries, with incorrect arm placement that could easily choke victim.
Holly: Out of date – CHECK! Boring, outdated black and white pictures – CHECK! Completely wrong information by today’s standards – CHECK! Weeded – CHECK!
Mary: I know I am dating myself, but this was a book I used when I did a life saving course. I know everyone feels much safer with my 1972 life saving skills.