In partnership with the Maine Memory Network Maine Memory Network

Maine History Online

Maine History Online
MHS (Maine Historical Society)
Header Graphic

Cold War Safety

Family fallout shelter, Portland, 1981

Family fallout shelter, Portland, 1981

Item 11056 info
Maine Historical Society

One of the survival methods promoted by Maine and national Civil Defense officials was home fallout shelters.

A booklet entitled "The Family Fallout Shelter" from the Office of Civil Defense Mobilization included maps of where nuclear fallout would occur if military and civilian targets were hit, concluding, "fallout shelter is needed everywhere."

Materials instructed people in building basement concrete block shelters, above-ground shelters, and other types of shelters.