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!
I love this cover art! This one was a tough one for me to pull. It is not really that awful, but just dated. It actually has done well with circulation, but not recently. There are no illustrations either. 7th graders in my area do a major disaster report and a newer title would definitely get more users. I have included the index of disasters too. (I love the dramatic titles given!) However, the rule being “know thy audience” for youth materials, this one has to go since I just don’t have space.