This Post Will Save Your Life

I know it’s been a few years since the last post, but the rusty Fallout Shelter sign on my building prompted another trip to the library like in the olden days when I kept this blog up. Apparently the entire 7-county Kansas City Area Community Shelter Plan was published as an insert in Kansas City Star on May 17, 1970. The whole fallout preparedness thing was going on since the early 60’s when President Kennedy told the nation to get ready, but it never left people’s minds since the end of the World War II. However, in the 1983 movie The Day After you don’t see too many people using the extensive shelter network mapped out in the pages below. Maybe because people eating dehydrated food in the shelters are not good for a dramatic plot. Or maybe because none of them saved this plan like it begged them to do.

Each image should be linked to a pdf file I scanned from the microfilm; you should be able to zoom in and read the maps and locations. I tried to make the best scans, but if you don’t like the quality, you are welcome to visit the library on your own; Johnson County Library has microfilm and Kansas City Library may have the original.
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  • Will Notb

    Delivery times of the latest ICMBs mostly make fall-out shelters superfluous except in the aftermath, assuming one a) survives and b) is mobile and healthy enough for it to matter.
    Moscow to New York, for example, is ~7500km. The latest missiles burn rate is 6.5km/s, so…after initial acceleration (say 10 mins) only another ~20 minutes would suffice to reach their target. Here is where early identification is crucial; that would take at least 10 minutes. Warning the public would easily take the other 20 minutes and the coverage would, at best, be sporadic: People either asleep or at work; the sirens in the neighborhoods would go off, but most would assume yet another drill. Same for the EBS – most people at home automatically tune that noxious blare out…
    And if the missile is sub-launched cut those times in half or less.
    Very likely most people in this country would not have a clue until the world literally blew up around them.

    • there is one in my building, although I am yet to find out where exactly is it. I am in the basement, so I may be in it without knowing.

      • Will Notb

        That’s certainly something a building super would do; take down the sign, rent it out and pocket all the money. If the balloon goes up, you’ll find out in a hurry (assuming your not off on a peach buying jaunt…)

  • Great to have you back, Meesha! Its been far, far too long.

    • I honestly don’t think this will be a comeback. This is just something I couldn’t just keep to myself 🙂

      • bobkennedy

        Good post, good to hear from you.

        • thank you, I am glad my old crew of commenters is still around. I am now mostly on FB and I run Kansas City StorySlam where people get to tell personal stories, kinda like MOTH. Maybe find me there someday.