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Civil Defense Fallout Shelter - Drumright, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter
N 35° 59.353 W 096° 35.963
14S E 716411 N 3985417
Quick Description: This is one of the iconic Civil Defense signs that were so common in the 1960's.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 9/21/2018 12:55:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ736
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
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Long Description:
Once posted on many buildings throughout the U.S., you now only occasionally see one still hanging. This Civil Defense Shelter sign is located on the northwest corner of the Drumright Post Office. The sign shows an occupancy capacity of 96.

In the 1960s, when the U.S. was fearful of an attack from Russian, 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: 96

Radiation monitoring equipment: Not Listed

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