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Post Office Shelter - Watonga, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter
N 35° 50.726 W 098° 24.798
14S E 552981 N 3966963
Quick Description: Always fun to come across these remnants of history still mounted on various government buildings.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 5/30/2015 3:21:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMNZQ7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PTCrazy
Views: 1

Long Description:
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.

On the north wall of the Watonga Post Office, at the top of a stairway leading to the basement, this Civil Defense Fallout Shelter sign indicates that the shelter was approved for an occupancy of 61 persons.
Capacity of shelter: 61

Radiation monitoring equipment: Not Listed

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