The role of the Department of Sanitation in Civil Defense

Monday, October 30, 1950

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

COmmissioner Wallander interviews Commissioner Andrew W. Marain (Mulrain?) about the role of the Department of Sanitation in the event of an atomic attack: decontamination, rubble clean-up, water transport, moving supplies,

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71758
Municipal archives id: LT1862

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Arthur W. Wallander


Andrew W. Mulrain


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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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