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President Kennedy's Civil Defense Goals Announced

July 27, 1961 - President Kennedy's immediate Civil Defense goal is to provide fallout shelters in existing buildings for 25 percent of the nation's population that live in major target areas. The shelters would be mainly in basements, interior corridors, and inside rooms in office buildings, factories, Government installations and schools. In addition, the Pentagon plans to provide "minimum essentials for survival" for the shelter-users: five days' austerity rations; two-weeks' water supply in cans; first-aid kits; sanitary supplies, and radiation meters.


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