Nuclear Attacks and Natural Disasters

In Time of Emergency - cover

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!



Checklist of emergency actions

How to prepare a home shelter

Know About Warning

If there is a nuclear flash


  1. A blast from the past –
    I actually remember this book, and probably have a copy stashed in a box in my basement. We used it in a 4th grade citizenship class (circa 1970).

    1. I came here to say the same thing. I was a Government Documents Librarian in the 90’s. We had this book, and an awesome book on growing Roses in Fall out material.

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