Accession Number:

ADA064144

Title:

Behavioral Aspects of Fallout Shelter Stay.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. 16 Nov 77-26 May 78,

Corporate Author:

BDM CORP MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-05-26

Pagination or Media Count:

65.0

Abstract:

A major assumption underlying the calculation of casualties from a nuclear exchange concerns the time civilian populations can be expected to stay in fallout shelters. Presently, two general guidelines are used 1 one week of shelter stay followed by two weeks of partial shelter occupancy and, 2 a two day shelter stay followed by three days of partial shelter occupancy. The objective of this program is to explore the nature of these assumptions using behavioral sciences data. Systematic quantitative estimates of shelter stay times can be obtained from an empirical data base. Length of shelter stay is dependent on a variety of variables the most important being degree of preparedness. Generally, post attack behavior will be the range considered normal. The use of quantitative estimates of fallout shelter stay time reduces the variability associated with predicting the human factor in strategic simulations. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE