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

11th program in the series.

Bill Leonard and Martin Cayden (?), Technical Specialist for the New York State Commission for Civil Defense, answer questions pertaining to the New York State civil defense plan: why does the program come on so late?, evacuation plans for the state (this is not a primary purpose of civil defense), a long-range program for providing food if the ground becomes contaminated, canning bees, the likelihood that an attack is not imminent, this program "engenders fear."

The second segment concerns listener questions for New York City's plan for civil defense. Leonard and Mrs. Austin Tobin (?), of the New York City Civil Defense Organization, answer questions: impact of an attack on those people who rely on the government for food and shelter already, what people who do not have access to a basement should do in the event of an attack, the responsibility for caring for the infirm will rest with the air wardens, opportunities for girls to work as messengers, dealing with traffic, id tags for children, classes for first aid, where to find literature for preparing for an attack.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71836
Municipal archives id: LT1814