Civil Defense Means You : Evacuation Plans

Thursday, July 11, 1957

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

Part two of a four-part series "on the scene" of the first mass evacuation drill in New York State. 1,500 people in Binghamton, NY were evacuated to Deposit, N.Y.

Binghamton Civil Defense wardens describe the advanced preparations for the evacuation of 1,500 members of the community. Jerry Farthing, a beat warden, describes going to people's homes to encourage them to take part in the evacuation exercise. Jerry reassures the reporter that they have all of the procedures down, and expects no problems with the evacuation. He describes his specific role during the evacuation proceedings. He also notes that there are alternate plans for any trouble that arises.
Next, the reporter speaks with Ed Reed about the 12th ward, and the volunteers in the community taking part in the evacuation. Reed notes that Ward 12 was picked based on location, and facilities to evacuate to.

The reporter then joins a family for the evacuation. He interviews father, Joe, son, Mickey, and mother Joyce.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71702
Municipal archives id: LT8448


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