Public Safety 101: How to Survive a Nuclear Explosion

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

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.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/video/archive/2011/11/public-safety-101-how-to-survive-a-nuclear-explosion/248172/