Role of the Department of Public Works

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A nuclear weapons test on Bikini Atoll

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

Opens with clip of President Harry S. Truman on the Soviet Union's test of an atomic bomb in 1949.

Bill Leonard and Bertrand D. Jallamy, of the New York State Department of Public Works, discuss the work of that department in preparing for an attack. Topics include traffic and emergency highways, protective clothing for civilian rescue teams, receiving orders in the event of an attack.

In the second segment, Leonard talks to Frederick H. Zurmuhlen, Commissioner of Public Works for New York City, about the work of the Department of Public Woks in the event of an attack, specifically how apartment dwellers should react to an attack, what to do in the case of water main breakage, opportunities for those in the building trade to volunteer with Public Works, loaning equipment to Public Works.

Suggestions like carrying a police whistle are advised in the event you are trapped in a bombed out building.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71848