Maine Civil Defense in Pictures, 1955Item 23404 info
National Archives at Boston
The board of "Maine Civil Defense in Pictures" summarized some of the activities of the state's efforts during the 1950s.
These include training, education, emergency drills, and communications efforts.
"Civil defense" eventually became "Federal Emergency Management Agency," which was later subsumed under Homeland Security when terrorism headed the list of concerns.
Regardless of the name of the agency, defense and preparedness for natural disasters remain the goals.