Cuban Crisis

Case Study – Cuban Missile Crisis
Many of you may be too young to remember the late fifties and sixties.  During that time there was a major emergency preparedness underway in our country.
This was the time of the Cuban Crisis.  America and the Soviet Union were on the brink of war.  The Soviet Union was was establishing a missile base in Cuba and the the United States was determined to stop them
As with any political process, the Soviets did not want the Americans to make demands on what they felt they had a right to do.  We threatened them if they were to continue.
As part of an Emergency Preparedness Plan that was developed by the government the civil defense was established to help protect Americans in case of an attack.  Basements of large buildings downtown were designated as a fallout shelter where you could seek refuge in the event of an attack. 
People began building underground bunkers and fallout shelters in their back yards and stocking them with food.  Food storage consisted of home canned items and canned goods from stores.  There wasn’t much long term food storage available as there is today.  Through advanced technology we now have packaging that allow us to develop and procure long term food storage that can last for up to thirty years.
 Though it wasn’t defined as such back then, this was an example of individuals developing an Emergency Preparedness Plan or survial plan.
 The AM radio dial had two symbols on it where you were to turn the dial in the event of an attack to get official information.
Fortunately that event never occurred but a similar that is not to say that it could not happen again.

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