Yes, the Civil Defense (CD) were active in identifying caves as fallout shelters, and in a few cases stocking them with supplies. We, the organized cavers, lobbied vigorously against using caves!!! We pointed out that caves did not protect against fallout, but in fact collected it and enhanced radioactivity. Vern Rechmeyer and Louise Varnedoe did several radioactive studies about caves and fallout. One cave that stocked supplies was Anvil Cave (AL 279). (They are all gone now.) Crossings cave (AL310) still had it's CD fallout shelter sign a few years ago. Government as always, paid no attention to experts, but went on its own merry way! I presented a paper on the unsuitability of caves at one convention.
However, we, the Huntsville Grotto, did talk the City of Huntsville into letting us enter, map and explore Big Spring Cave (AL 57) under the pretext of "is it suitable as a refuge." The cave runs under the county court house downtown. Entry is through a manhole in the middle of Green St. downtown. They had to partially close the street to traffic for us. It is a pit down to the stream level. I have pictures, one of which is in the book, Tales of Huntsville Caves. Surely the NSS Bookstore has copies. Of course, our conclusion in our formal report was absolutely not. As far as I remember none of us ever got paid; we were happy just to get entry permission.
Phil Winkler wrote:How about air raid drills? We would crouch under our desks and not look towards the windows to prevent being blinded by the atomic flash.
Phil Winkler wrote:These drills were done in New Jersey schools in the early to mid 50s. I think I started school there in 1951 in kindergarten. By fifth grade I don't think we did them anymore or I don't remember them due to starting puberty.
Also, at least in South Jersey most schools had basements and were designated as CD Fallout Shelters with the usual signage near the entrances. This is back in the 1950s of course.
Phil Winkler wrote:Also, at least in South Jersey most schools had basements and were designated as CD Fallout Shelters with the usual signage near the entrances. This is back in the 1950s of course.
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