Debris Clearing Times Affecting Critical Survival Actions
JACOBS ASSOCIATES INC SAN FRANCISCO CA
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Clearing of emergency rescue routes through street debris would be a most urgent operation following a nuclear attack or other massive debris causing event. Paths at least wide enough to pass ambulances, rescue vehicles and fire trucks will be required where there may be survivors or facilities which must be protected for survivors. This study analyzes the debris potential in 24 residential situations ranging from single family units to multi-story apartments, all subject to 2,4,6 and 10 psi overpressures. The effectiveness of the application of the resources which would more than likely be available in the first three hours is evaluated. At 4 psi, and less, routes can be cleared for rescue in just about any part of a city. Quite a few routes can be cleared at 6 psi except in very densely built up areas and at 10 psi or more routes in three hours will be possible only in areas with very low building density.
- Civil Defense