Civil Defense At The National Level   [open pdf - 1MB]

"It is our job, as I see it, after an attack occurs to try to get America back upon its feet and back into production; to maintain the will on the part of the American people to fight to win that war or any war that is thrown upon us...I think that civil defense is simply the extension of already existing civic services to meet an unprecedented problem. In other words if there is an attack upon the United States, our first job will be to maintain law and order and some semblance of discipline in the United States; and that means that every great city police force must be augmented by hundreds and, in some instances, depending on the size, thousands of trained auxiliary policemen. I can tell you that some cities have already done that. The second thing is, we should have hundreds and thousands of trained auxiliary firemen, because in the event of atomic attack, fire will be one of the difficult problems we will face. If we are to maintain some semblance of city life, we will have to be right on the job and put out those fires. That means equipment must be located at the edges of the target areas. Again, we must have these people trained. Every mayor and every city council has a fire department and a police department. Every governor has in his hands a safety patrol or State police force or National Guard. We are just talking about using things that we have and expanding them."

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