Civil Defense in Erie County

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Bill Leonard introduces the 39th program in the "Plan for Survival" series over the civil defense radio network. A report on what one part of the state, Erie County, is doing for civil defense.


Clip of an announcement concerning nuclear weapons in Russia, broadcast Wednesday, October 3. Heralds more menace to our lives.


Volunteer civil defense force. William J. Flynn, director of recruitment and training for Erie County's civil defense, explains how volunteers are recruited.


Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Clavoon (?) talk about the training of volunteers. He says it's useful for everyone to go through the training. She says there needs to be two women for every one man enlisted.


Lawrence J. Emerling, deputy chief of the New York Fire Corp, talks about problems in recruiting volunteer firemen.


A report from the Navy about civil defense volunteers. A list of the materials needed to treat a burn victim. Specific details about the atomic blast itself.


Edward R. Swartzenberg, of the Erie County county civil defense talks about problems they've faced in getting volunteers.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71564
Municipal archives id: LT1847