Sacred Heart Fallout Shelter - Oklahoma City, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter
N 35° 26.281 W 097° 31.555
14S E 633796 N 3922617
Quick Description: This fallout shelter is located in the basement of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 9/18/2012 1:45:14 PM
Waymark Code: WMFA57
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PTCrazy
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Long Description:
Sacred Heart Catholic Church is located at 2706 S. Shartel. This is a large brick building with a full basement. The church operates a school from PK4 to 8th grade in this building.

On the southwest corner of this church, an entrance leads to the basement. To the right and above the door is the typical three-triangle yellow and white Fallout Shelter sign. The sign indicates the shelter is in the basement, and has a capacity of 65.

In the 1960s, when the U.S. was fearful of an attack from Russia, the Department of Civil Defense was established and shelters were constructed throughout the country, and particularly in Washington D.C. Children in schools had regular Civil Defense Drills where they were taught what to do and where to go in the case of an atomic attack. Your radio program might be interrupted at any time with beeps and the words "This is only a test....." as the Civil Defense systems were tested.

The yellow sign (three triangles inside a circle) could be found in various places in towns, usually in strong, masonry buildings with basements (schools, armories and public buildings) where the maximum protection could be found. The program began to dissolve in the 1970s when funding cuts and apathy prevailed. Today, you will rarely find one of these signs, and it is estimated that only 5 to 10 percent of them remain. Interest has recently surfaced to protect these signs as a part of our history.
Capacity of shelter: 65

Radiation monitoring equipment: Not Listed

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