FALLOUT SHELTER COMMUNICATIONS STUDY
GAUTNEY AND JONES COMMUNICATIONS INC WASHINGTON DC
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A study was conducted during the period May through December, 1962, to determine the inter and intra-emergency shelter information requirements and to propose ways and means of meeting them which could be embodied in a pre-attack shelter plans. Montgomery County, Maryland, was chosen as a representative community for the study prototype. The major consideration for this study was the assumption of a radioactive fallout effect only, compelling all in the County to remain in fallout shelters for a period of approximately two weeks. The communication requirements necessary for the control, cohesion, and maintenance of a population group of some 350,000 for the two-week period following the thermonuclear attack were identified. These requirements, totalling ten categories of information, were then subjected to an analysis to determine the time required to transmit, receive, and relay essential messages over a single leased wire telephonic network, employing the principle of a command and control communication net. Also proposed was a two-way radio backup to the primary telephonic system. The time analysis demonstrated that the proposed communication system will be more than adequate to fulfill all the communication requirements but one. The exception is the category of in formation relating to the separation of individual family members.
- Radio Communications
- Civil Defense