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!
Long time veterans of this site will of course recognize the ALB mascot author and illustrator just from the cover.
How can you resist the premise? Handicapped kid caught in a burning house. Where were those parents? Who started this mess? Naturally no one answers the interesting questions. Our hero, Daniel was left alone for “just a minute”. All of a sudden a major fire happens and Daniel can’t get out. (You know, cuz he’s handicapped) Thanks to firefighters and brother (and even the dogs!) Daniel lives another day as a hero.
This time we also have a bonus! There are questions for discussion included! (Unfortunately, the questions I want answered are not presented.)
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.