UPDATES... Last Update Febuary 1, 2020
Febuary 1, 2021
- Added a Baltimore, Maryland and Massachusetts CSPs to the CSP section CSP Section Page
November 30, 2020
- Added a Cowley County, Kansas and Parker County, Texas Community Shelter Plan to the CSP section CSP Section Page
September 6, 2020
- Added a Spartanburg Community Shelter Plan to the CSP section Spartanburg, SC CSP Page
October 26, 2019
- Added an embedded video of the old Dallas Emergency Operations Center on the main page of that section Old Dallas EOC Main Page
The source of the video is University of North Texas Libraries, Portal To Texas History.
August 10, 2018
- Added photos of a Civil Defense display trailer to the Art Gallery Stand-up Display Page
July 8, 2018
- Added a photo of an early version of a Medical Kit A to the shelter supplies section medical kit page Medical Kit Page
- Reformatted the Community Shelter Plan
Pages with one main pages and all other CSPs on their own pages. Dallas is now the only CSP on the main Community Shelter Plan Page.
May 19, 2018
- Added a Collin County, Texas Community Shelter Plan to the overstuffed CSP page
March 25, 2018
- I think I have finally finished reformatting the site. Just added a few photos provided by Mr. Victor Lee of the GE NEAR Receiver to the NEAR Receiver
January 3, 2018
- Still working on re-doing the whole site. Finally getting down to the end, I hope, with finishing the Warning Sirens Section.
I added some new pages to the sirens section with separate sections for Other Siren Projects
. This section shows the Thunderbolt 1003 from Sherman Texas and I added two pages for the Thunderbolt 1003 I got from Arkansas and only had for a short time back in 2010 and I also added a page for the Thunderbolt 1000 I got from Fort Worth Texas. Thanks Bryan!
This virtual museum is dedicated to the Civil Defense
and emergency workers of the United States who worked to protect the
public from nuclear attack. Thankfully, their services, in that aspect,
were never needed. This virtual museum is for historical purposes and
does not make fun of civil defense, however, I do throw in a few "light"
comments here and there.
There are many aspects of the Civil Defense program
that may seem funny today, but the period after World War II was a very
scary time. Read about the psychological aspects of civil
defense here. Civil defense
officials and volunteers during that time were very serious about their work and
I believe they deserve respect for their efforts. They rendered emergency services after natural and
man-made disasters and would have had an impossible task had there ever
been a nuclear war.
The answer to the question I often get "where is your museum located?" is
that this is only an online museum. I have only ever had one public display
of any of my collection items in the almost 20 years I have had this site up and
that was at the Allen Public Library for the month of February 2003.
Sure I would love to be able to permanantly display this stuff but I have no
idea where I could do that.
News photos and articles on the Dallas
EOC Shelter tour pages were used with permission of the Dallas Morning
Photos on the Corps of Engineers Shelter Photos
Page were used with permission of the US Army Corps Of Engineers.
All artwork in the Art Gallery
is now public domain government artwork.
All photos I have taken in this virtual museum,
along with any text I have written on these pages, are property of the
Civil Defense Museum and are not to be used without permission of the
Civil Defense Museum.