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Main Operations Room
This was the operations area of the EOC and is the largest room in the shelter. During my last visit in 2013 the walls still had all of the maps and chalk boards that were originally installed when the shelter was built. Some of the pictures were taken with flash and some without flash (It took us a while to find all of the light switches during the 2001 visit). The dates on these photos are mixed. Some were taken during the first visit in 2001 and some in 2013.
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This photo was taken looking back towards the communications room wall. The dark square on the wall in the far corner is an air grille opening to the communications room.
This photo is was taken just next to the door from the entry hall into the operations room. That's the door from the front entry hall on the right in the photo. On the other side of the wall with the maps is the communications room.
This photo is looking towards the southeast corner of the operations room. The mechanical room is on the other side of the wall with the sliding chalk boards. The sliding chalkboards are designated "Shelter Status Board" on the EOC diagram.
Another view of the Shelter Status Board. The door on the far left in the photo is the doorway to the hallway which leads to the outside and back entry to the EOC. I notice that the framed shelter floorplan (see below) was missing from this door in 2013.


This photo was taken in the southeast corner looking back towards the front entry hall doorway. The aluminum doors that make up the far wall divide the dormitory and radef operations area from the main operations room. The dark square next to the entry hall door is another air vent from the communications room.
Operations Room Details
This is the Emergency Log board. There are still entries written on it from a practice excercise long ago. Some of the entries are "Naval Air Station Dallas, Carswell Air Force Base, General Dynamics, Texas Instruments and Power Plant."
This framed drawing on this door is the same functional layout drawing I have copied on the EOC Main Page of this section. Notice the small fallout shelter sign circle/triangle decals on each corner of the frame. The hallway to the mechanical room, kitchen and outside entry is on the far left in the photo.



The very first time I visited this EOC shelter was when I was very young. I think it must have been a school or Cub Scout trip to the planetarium in the Science Museum in the above building. The EOC was open to the public and you could simply go down the stairs and check the place out. I had a vivid memory of fallout shelter symbols being on the map frame corners. For some reason I remembered the symbols being on all of the maps. When I first walked into the operations room in 2001 the first thing I did was look at the map frames for the symbols. When I didn't see the symbols on the map corners I was a bit dismayed thinking I had fabricated the idea in my mind. When after looking around the place I spotted these (see above photo) on the layout drawing frame I was relieved. I did see them when I was a kid after all. I still have a foggy memory of the place in it's fully outfitted glory. I still remember the operations room arranged with desks and telephones. I also remember going down the entry stairs past the large "Dallas Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center" sign. Obviously that experience eventually led to the creation of this site.


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