National Fallout Shelter Program - The Community Fallout Shelter Plan

Dallas CSP Cover

With the surveying, marking and stocking of shelters all around the country, communities had to have a way to inform the citizens of where their nearest Fallout Shelter was located. The Office Of Civil Defense devised the Community Shelter Plan, or CSP, to serve this purpose. Towns and cities all over the United States started publishing and distributing their CSPs to the public.

The CSPs issued to the public were usually in the form of a small booklet or newspaper type publication. The CSPs that I have seen are in three different formats. The newspaper type supplement seen here in the Dallas CSP and below with the Fort Worth CSP is one type. Another type is the booklet format seen below with the Waco/McLennan County and Lane County CSPs. The third is the fold out map style seen below with the Scurry County CSP. The format depended on the size of the municipality covered by the CSP. Larger cities used the newspaper style, medium size cities used the booklet and small towns used the fold out maps style of CSP.

I have shelter plans in my collection from towns as small as a few hundred people on up to large cities. For example, here is the Dallas County, Texas Community Shelter Plan. The standard CSP consists of maps of the county or town with shelter locations marked on the maps. The building name and addresses of the shelters are listed along with the map on the page. The main purpose of the CSP was to allocate people in areas of the community adjacent to shelters to specific shelters. You can see details of how the Dallas CSP is laid out below.

Dallas Community Fallout Shelter Plan Map - Area C

Area C Map Shelter Map Instructions Shelter Map Shelter List
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This map is one of 7 maps in the Dallas CSP and shows a typical example of how a community fallout shelter plan is laid out. The Dallas CSP has the county divided in to seven sections. This map shows the part of Dallas County where I grew up. The yellow highlighted sections of the map designate areas of the county covered by shelter spaces. In other words, if you lived in the yellow highlighted area you had a designated shelter you were to go to in case of attack. If you lived outside the yellow area you didn't have a designate community shelter to go too and were advised to improvise some type of Fallout Shelter in your home. On the map, the numbered red circles are the shelters. The Shelter List below shows the numbers with the name of the building with the shelter and the address. As far as I know all of these buildings that were designated as shelters, except one, are still there as of 2013.

At the bottom of the "Area C" page are "How To Use This Map" and the "Shelter List." I cropped them individually because the page was too large to scan at the time.

Dallas CSP Report

Dallas City-County Community Shelter Plan Engineering Report

This document is a copy of the original engineering report of the Dallas CSP. The entire process of putting together the Dallas CSP is explained in this report. The engineering firm used census data, traffic data and various other pieces of information to develop the CSP. The document is several hundered pages of maps and shelter lists and is about an inch think. It was from this report that the condensed booklet above was finally published. See PDF File Below.

Dallas City-County Community Shelter Plan PDF Files

In mid-2013 I finally got around to scanning the Dallas CSP Engineering Report and the publicly released Dallas CSP and put them into a PDF file format. The engineering report doesn't include the shelter location maps because they fold out to about double page size and wouldn't fit my scanner. The public issued version I scanned for the PDF file is a scaled down greyscale copy of the original Dallas CSP. I forgot I had the scaled down copy or I would have scanned it long ago. It would be nice to have the color version scanned but scanning the maps in sections and piecing them together would take more time than I have.

Dallas CSP Engineering Report PDF File

Dallas CSP Engineering Report PDF (Less Maps) 24Mb File
Dallas County CSP PDF File

Public Issued Dallas CSP Black and White Copy PDF 13Mb File


This is the 1971 release of the Fort Worth / Tarrant County Community Fallout Shelter Plan. It was released as a supplement to the Fort Worth Star Telegram newspaper. There is an earlier version of the FWTC CSP but it's a bit more confusing than this 1971 version. I'll try to get images of it and include it here along with this version eventually. I didn't have an easy way to image this copy because the pages are so large. To scan them in sections and piece them together would take forever so I simply took photos of each page with my camera. I think they turned out ok although they aren't scan quality they are readable.

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1971 Fort Worth CSP Cover Page 1 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 2 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 3 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 4
1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 5 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 6 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 7 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 8
1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 9 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 10 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 11 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 12
1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 13 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 14 1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 15 1971 Fort Worth CSP Back Page 16


This is the smallest CSP I have seen yet. It's printed on both sides of a standard letter size sheet of paper. There are no other shelter locations shown in the county outside the town of Snyder. I can't remember where I got this one. I probably got it from an Ebay seller.

Click image to see larger or here for the PDF file.     Scurry County Texas CSP PDF File
Scurry County CSP

This CSP for Waco / McClennan County, Texas is the most colorful CSP I have seen so far. Dated July, 1967. The image sizes vary somewhat. The pages that are mostly text are a little smaller than the map pages.

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Waco CSP Cover Waco CSP Waco CSP Waco CSP
Waco CSP
County Map
Waco CSP
Waco City Map
Waco CSP
Inset "A" - Downtown Waco
Waco CSP
Inset "B" and "C" - Baylor Univ. and V.A. Hospital
Waco CSP Waco CSP Waco CSP Waco CSP


Evidently there were a few standard formats that the CSPs were issued in. This Lane County, Oregon CSP is the same overall format as the Waco CSP seen above. This Lane County CSP is dated Mid-1968.

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Lane County CSP Cover Lane County CSP Lane County CSP Lane County CSP
Lane County CSP Lane County CSP Lane County CSP
Lane County CSP Lane County CSP
Lane County CSP Lane County CSP Lane County CSP Lane County CSP

Texas Fold Out Map Style Community Shelter Plans
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Cooke County, Gainesville, Texas CSP

Cooke County, Texas CSP

Denton County, Denton, Texas CSP

Denton County, Texas CSP

Fannin County, Bonham, Texas CSP

Fannin County, Texas CSP

Gillespie County, Fredericksburg, Texas CSP

Gillespie County, Texas CSP

Chambers County, Alabama Community Shelter Plan

I got this Chambers County, Alabama CSP from an ebay seller in April, 2015. It's the first CSP I have bought in a long time. It piqued my interest because the textile mills covered in the Civil Defense publication number FG-F-3.30 January 1970 "Civil Defense in the Textile, Apparel and Related Industries" are located in Chambers County and are all designated as shelters in this CSP. The mills are are the only shelters named in the CSP for the entire county. The map shows a "shelter cluster" in Lafayette but doesn't name and shelters in that "shelter cluster." I have some shelter shelter signs that were put in place by the textile mill company shown on my Fallout Shelter Sign Page.

Click all to see larger images. Chambers Alabama CSP
Chambers Alabama CSP Chambers Alabama CSP

Jefferson County, Washington Community Shelter Plan

I got this Jefferson County, Washington CSP from Mr. Alfred Chiswell of the Puget Sound Coastal Artillery Museum in Port Townsend, Washington. This is another example of me losing track of Civil Defense material that people are kind enough to send me. Mr. Chiswell sent me this CSP along with a photos of a display he put up at the museum back in 2005. Well it's labor day weekend 2015 and I am going through piles of material and came across this CSP. I then remembered that I also recieved photos from a Mr. Justin Bury who toured the museum back then. Justin sent me photos of the museum's Civil Defense display. I put a page together about the Artillery Site about it but never linked to it anywhere on the site. Oh brother! Well here everything is up on the site 10 years after it was sent to me.

Sorry Alfred and Justin for taking so long! Click images to see larger. Jefferson County CSP Letter
Jefferson County CSP Jefferson County CSP


This is essentially a community shelter plan but it's the study for the CSP instead of the version released to the public. Dated October, 1963 this study is interesting in that they route everyone to the campus of Indiana University to the shelter spaces on the campus. Every paragraph with directions to shelters ends with "to the Campus." This document also shows the dates of when some of the shelters were stocked with supplies. This document is in PDF format. Click the image or link to download PDF file. MonroeCtyShelterStudy.pdf 17 Mb File Size. Thank you to Susan Smith at Minnetrista in Indiana for this document and many others!

Cambria County Community Shelter Plan

I can't remember where I got this CSP. Maybe Ebay. I don't think it was donated. Anyway. It's Cambria County Pennsylvania which is mostly small towns with a large fold out map of Johnstown Pennsylvania. I have links to an Adobe PDF file of the CSP booklet itself and separate links to an image file of the Johnstown map and an Adobe PDF file of the Johnstown map. Date on this CSP is January, 1969.
Cambria County Community Shelter Plan PDF File. File Size 4.5Mb

Cambria County PA CSP Cover

Johnstown Foldout Map from Cambria County CSP

Johnstown CSP Map

Johnstown CSP Map Adobe PDF File 3.1Mb File Size
Johnstown CSP Map Image File 4.2Mb File Size