Civil defense in Rochester

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

Bill Leonard introduces this week's Plan for Survival. This episode was produced by WHAM in Rochester, NY.


Jack Hooley introduces the concept of "no second chance" for the enemy, and that they will attempt to make their one chance as effective as possible. Dr. Joe W. Howland, Director of Medical Division, Atomic Energy Project, University of Rochester, and formerly of the Manhattan Project discusses this topic with Charles Hibbard, a former British air raid warden.


Hooley describes the attack on Nagasaki, where there was no raid warning and only 400 people were in shelters at the time of the blast. An atom blast, according to Howland, has three main "punches": heat, blast, and radiation. He recalls talking to a doctor from Japan about his experience when the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. He and Hibberd remind listeners about the importance of haste when seeking cover and reiterate that glass is a killer and must be avoided.


Dr. Howland discusses radiation poisoning, he claims that "only 15% of those in Hiroshima died of radiation sickness."


Mr. Hibbard discusses blood transfusions - he has donated 85 pints in England, and 9 more since coming to the United States.


The three men go on to talk about the impact of a bomb on Rochester. They reiterate the importance of preparation.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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Municipal archives id: LT1840