Community Fallout Shelter Supplies

Fallout Shelter Medical Kits

Fallout Shelter Medical Kit A

Community Fallout Shelters were stocked with 2 different types of Medical Supply Kits. The Medical Kit-A was to supply 50-65 persons and the Medical Kit-C to supply 300-325 persons. This page contains descriptions and a contents list of each type of kit.

The Medical Kit A in the above photo had never been opened when I found it so it's a good example to show here. The tape was split, dried and flaking off but the box had never been opened. It was kind of like opening a time capsule when I first flipped up the box flaps. The first two thumbnail photos below were taken as I opened the box for the first time. After going through the kit I repackaged it as it was and resealed it with new paper-type tape similar to what it was originally sealed with. Click photos to see larger.

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Medial Kit A Contents

Medical Kit A contents

Here are the Medical Kit A contents. The can of alcohol actually has about half of the alcohol still in it. This is the only kit I have ever seen with alcohol still in the can. The alcohol evaporates out of the cans over the years. The list of contents of each type of kit is at the bottom of this page if you want to read a detailed inventory. The big box at the left rear of the picture is the purified cotton and the the white package at the right rear is the package of gauze pads. The smaller white envelope package near the gauze is the pack of cotton tipped swabs (q-tips). Etc. Click photo to see larger.

Early Version Medical Kit A

Early Versionm Of Medical Kit A

Here is another U.S. Army photo showing an early version of a shelter supply item. This photo appears to have been taken the same time as the early water drum and sanitation kit photos I have on those pages. All are U.S. Army Photographs but this photo is dated, 15 February 1962 and has a caption on the back. The back of this photo reads...

This kit consists of medical items to care for the day to day common ailments of 50 persons during confinement in the restricted environment of a shelter for 14 days in the abcsence of specifically trained personel. Medical items are consistant with the recommendation listed in the office of Civil Defense Family Guide,-Emergency Health Care manual approved by the American Medical Association. 15 February 1962 Photo by Harold Wise, PHC USC

The quality of the photo scan isn't good enough to make out the labels on the packages so the contents can't be exactly matched to the med kit A contents list but there are three thermometers in the photo. The later med kit A only has one thermometer. In the early shelter supply make-up list the med kit A is listed as having three thermometers. These three early version (water drum, sanitation kit, med kit A) kit photos all seem to match the early shelter supply list I have linked above.

Medical Kit C

The Medical Kit C is essentially 6 Medical Kit As in one box and was designated to supply "300-325 Shelter Occupants." This particular kit is interesting because the expiration dates for the medicines are still legible on the side of the box. All the Medical Kit A boxes I have seen have had the expiration dates marked over. I found a CD Program Guidance bulletin dated March 25, 1966 stating that the expiration dates are "misleading" and that "these dates should be disregarded and, if desired, may be obliterated" hence the marked over dates on the Med Kit A boxes I have seen. To see a PDF file of that bulletin click here. Civil Defense Program Guidance Bulletin for Civil Defense Medical Kits.
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Med Kit A and Med Kit C
Med Kit A and Med Kit C
Med Kit C Expiration Dates Pack Date Label
Med Kit C Contents On Box List

Inside the Medical Kit C

Inside The Med Kit C

All of the same items found in the Medical Kit A but larger quantities. See kit contents list below.
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The Federal CD Guide Fallout Shelter Medical Kit section is downloadable here...
Federal Civil Defense Guide, Part D, Chapter 2, Appendix 8, July 1967, Fallout Shelter Medical Kit. PDF File

Fallout Shelter Medical Kit Contents

Medical Kit Contents List
Medicines & Such Qty Kit A (1) Qty Kit C (2)
Aspirin Tablet (bottle of 500) 1 -
Aspirin Tablet (bottle of 1000) - 3
Cascara Sagrada Tablet (bottle of 100) 1 6
Eugenol (1 oz. bottle) 1 1
Eye & Nose Drops (1/2 oz. bottle) 3 18
Isopropyl Alcohol (1 qt. can) 1 6
Kaolin & Pectin Powder (40 gm. bottle) 3 16
Penicillin G Tablet (bottle of 100) 2 12
Petrolatum, White (1 lb. can) 1 3
Phenobarbital Tablet (bottle of 500) 1 -
Phenobarbital Tablet (bottle of 1000) - 3
Soap, Surgical (1-3/4 oz. cake) 6 36
Sodium Bicarbonate (1 lb. can) 1 2
Sodium Chloride (1 lb can) 1 2
Sulfadiazine Tablet (bottle of 500) 1 -
Sulfadiazine Tablet (bottle of 1000) - 3
Water Purification Tablet, [iodine] (bottle of 50) 2 12
Other (Bandages etc.)    
Bandage, Gauze Roller 2 in. x 6 yds. (pkg. of 12) 1 6
Bandage, Muslin 37 in. x 37 in. x 52 in. (each) 1 6
Purified Cotton (1 lb. pkg) 1 3
Pads, Gauze, Surgical 4 in. x 4 in. (pkg. 200) 1 6
Applicator, Wood, Cotton Tip End (pkg. 100) 1 6
Depressor, Tongue, Wood (pkg. 100) 1 3
Forceps (each) 1 1
Pin, Safety 1-1/2 in. (pkg. 12) 3 12
Scissors, Pocket, Straight 4 in. (each) 1 3
Syringe, Fountain (each) 1 1
Thermometer (each) 1 4
Manual-Medical Care in Shelter 1 1
(1) Kit A supplies 50-65 persons.
(2) Kit C supplies 300-325 persons.

Source - January 1965 Federal Civil Defense Guide Part D, Chapter 2, Appendix 1

Was there a Medical Kit B?

I have a copy of a document that was sent to me several years ago by another CD collector. I can't remember now where he said that he found it but it's particularly interesting in that it appears to be a very early description of the supplies to be stocked in community shelters. The title of the document is "Standard Supplies For The Fallout Shelter" and it has "ANNEX E" at the bottom of each page. I thought it might be part of the Federal Civil Defense Guide but it doesn't have "FCDG" anywhere on it. The second sentence of the first paragraph of the document reads "The further development of packaging and material will cause this paper to be amended as development dictates." That reads like it's a preliminary document which was expected to be amended pretty quickly.

Anyway, I mention this document here because it lists a Medical Kit B. The Medical Kit B it lists was to be for 100 persons. It also lists an A Kit and a C Kit. The reason I don't include the Medical Kit B in the contents list above is because the contents list for the medical kits in the document is a quite a bit different than what was to be the final version of the shelter medical kits seen on this page. The January 1965 Federal Civil Defense Guide Part D, Chapter 2, Appendix 1 lists the medical kit contents as seen above and doesn't mention and "B" kit so I consider the Jan. 1965 FCGD Part D, Chapter 2, Appendix 1 the "final word" on the make-up of the fallout shelter medical kits.

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