Accession Number:

AD0756887

Title:

Civil Defense in Metropolitan America. The Metropolitan Challenge to Civil Defense.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. on Phase 1,

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION NEW YORK

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1969-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

242.0

Abstract:

The cities and suburban communities of New York, Boston and Detroit exemplify metropolitan areas which pose the awesome dichotomy of high vulnerability to nuclear attack and limited demonstrated capacity to organize effective civil defense systems. Underlying the weak civil defense systems in major population centers are fragmented organizational structures, unproductive processes for intergovernmental relations, and the syndrome of unimportance in the public eye. To update the local capability to respond to federal and state nuclear preparedness policies, area-wide systems are needed which, above all, provide for a central resource allocation and commandcontrol structure during and immediately after a crisis. Movement-to-shelter MTS is not feasible in the absence of such an environment. In addition, MTS poses enormous logistical, political and social problems, leading to an attitude of cautious skepticism regarding its feasibility. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE