Food and water

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13th in the series.


Bill Leonard talks to Omar Pancost, Special Consultant of the New York State Civil Defense Commission, about food and water. Families should be keeping a few days' worth of high energy content food that can be prepared without water, as well as fruit juices. Householders should avoid wasteful food buying to avoid adding to inflation. An atomic blast could contaminate any exposed or open food. Most streets will not be impassable after an attack. Emergency feeding stations will be set up. There is very little chance water will be contaminated by radiation.


Leonard talks with Dr. Theodore Rosenthal, of the New York City Department of Health, about what will happen to food and water in the event of an emergency. Sealed bottles of water should be stored in the home and will be safe to use. Conserve water for fire fighting. Don't rush to take a bath or shower after an attack unless told you may have been exposed to contamination. No serious contamination of water after a high air burst. Plans for transportation of food, food for infants, food for homeless people and food for working men.


Program concludes with announcer requesting listeners to send in questions.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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