Role of Emergency Health Division in Civil Defense

Tuesday, August 29, 1950

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

Wallander talks to John F. Mahoney talks about how the Department of Health fits in to the city's civil defense plan. Casualty Aid Stations in each district. Food inspection. Safety of water supply, safe sewage disposal. Rescuing, picking up victims of the bombing, movement to hospitals and treatment centers. In the event of an atomic attack, it is necessary to determine if that area is contaminated with dangerous levels of radioactive activity. Geiger counters for measuring radiation. Each borough will have a lab for testing information from Geiger counters. Blood donation.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71598
Municipal archives id: LT1792

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Arthur W. Wallander


John F. Mahoney


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About Report on Civil Defense

From public welfare to firefighting to water safety, this program updates the public about disaster preparedness.

From 1950 to 1952, Arthur J. Wallander, Civil Defense Director for New York City, interviewed the heads of city departments about the steps their departments had taken to meet the needs of the city's civil defense system.

These programs provide an interesting vantage point on beliefs and fears about what many assumed were imminent attacks.  While providing exhaustive details about the municipal systems, they also ask the implicit question, what is your plan in the case of nuclear attack? 


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