January 20, 2013

Air Raid Drills

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanwoodland @ 10:02 am

The grownup version of  the “Duck and Cover” technique schoolchildren rehearsed regularly in the 1960s is laid out in the following chart.  It was the procedure Federation employees rehearsed in their mid-town New York offices so they would be prepared in case of an air raid.  Below is Federation’s list of wardens and instructions on where to go, from May 1, 1961.

Air Raid Instructions, 1961

Air Raid Instructions, 1961

No doubt this directive was  retained permanently among other Budget Department papers because Jack Applebaum, Assistant Budget Director at Federation throughout the 1960s, was the floor warden for the 7th floor, and because it appears from his endless files that Jack never threw anything out.  Ever.

This document turns out to be a good source of who worked in which department in 1961, and we will retain it in the files permanently.


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