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President Kennedy Urges Home Fallout Shelters

Sept. 15, 1961 - President Kennedy is spurring Americans to build home fallout shelters to cut the nation's losses in case of nuclear war. But of 14 high officials who sit with Mr. Kennedy on the National Security Council or in his Cabinet, none has built a shelter. The White House has an elaborate bomb shelter, built during the Truman Administration. Mr. Kennedy has several secret shelters available within a 2-hour drive or a 20-minute helicopter trip from Washington. Vice President Johnson recently bought a French chateau in the Spring Valley section of Washington. He is living in a hotel while the house is redecorated. The redecorations do not include a shelter, aides said.


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