Proclamation of Civil Defense Week

Tuesday, December 09, 1952

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

Mayor Impellitteri thanks the Federal Civil Defense Council for funds provided to the city in order to acquire new fire fighting equipment. He encourages citizens to volunteer for civil defense training courses.
The New York State Civil Defense Commission has ordered New York City to conduct a three day civil defense training exercise - scheduled December 11-13. The first two days concern only Civil Defense forces. On Saturday at 8am all 579 air raid sirens are to be tested. Citizens are asked to cooperate be seeking shelter, pedestrians will be sheltered by Civil Defense forces. Cars and buses will pull to the curb and occupants will seek shelter. The drill will last 15 minutes.

Impellitteri reads an official proclamation making this week Civil Defense Week.

The conference is then turned over to the commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, Jacob B. Grumet. He accepts the new equipment, and expresses his hope that its use will be for training purposes only.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71563
Municipal archives id: LT1858


Jacob. Grumet and Vincent R. Impellitteri


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