Air Raid Alert Drill

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This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

WNYC announcer says this is an official air raid drill, take shelter, leave your loud speakers on. Air raid siren sounds. Mayor Impellitteri addresses the listeners. He tells them this is just a drill, not to use the phones, that a drill is occurring in the Bronx. A loud warbling noise interrupts his instructions momentarily. He is broadcasting over all NYC stations right now, part of an agreement by the broadcasting industry. Introduces Herbert O'Brien, Director of the New York City office of Civil Defense, who talks about the civil defense force volunteers. Introduces the state director of civil defense, C.R. Hewlett (?), who talks about the kinds of destruction and injuries that would occur in the event of a nuclear bomb. We are now living in an atomic age and must adjust our lives accordingly. Your civil defense will be only as good as you make it.

All-clear is sounded.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71561
Municipal archives id: LT1859