Public Safety 101: How to Survive a Nuclear Explosion

Perhaps the most well known public safety film from the Cold War, Duck and Cover shows Bert the turtle teaching children what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. It was produced by the civil defense branch of the U.S. government in 1951 after the Soviet Union became a nuclear power. While FEMA conducts a nationwide test of its Emergency Alert System on November 9, the Atlantic Video channel brings you a selection of archival films about safety through the ages.

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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