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Organized Civil Defense activities began in Baltimore during December 1941 with the creation of the Baltimore Committee on Civilian Defense. ...More

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Sub Series Details 1941-1945 Baltimore Committee on Civilian Defense, Public Relations Division Files The files of Raymond S. Tompkins, Director of Public Relations. They include correspondence, press releases, official publications, publication requests, lectures, monthly reports, and subject files on all aspects of the division's and committee's work. A file folder listing is available at the Baltimore City Archives. BCA BRG38-1
Sub Series Details 1950-1978 Office of Disaster Control and Civil Defense, Administrative Files Correspondence, reports, minutes, press releases, and printed material relating to all areas of civil defense activities in Baltimore. Included are records produced by the Baltimore Civil Defense Organization (1951-63); Civil Defense Division of the Baltimore City Fire Department (1964-68); and the Office of Disaster Control and Civil Defense (1968-78). A ...More

Sub Series Details 1951-1961 Civil Defense Inventory Records This listing outlines the supplies and equipment maintained by Civil Defense personnel during the period January 1, 1951 to June 30, 1961. The card for each type of material provides the requisition number and date, its cost, a brief description of the item, and an indication of its storage location. ...More

Sub Series Details 1955 Civil Defense, Basic Course Instructor's Guide This guide was published by the Federal Civil Defense Administration to assist instructors teaching the basic civil defense course. Information includes the function, organization, and operations of the civil defense system; defense and protection against atomic attack; firefighting and rescue work; defense against biological and chemical attack; and selection and ...More

Sub Series Details 1956 Civil Defense Plan of Baltimore City Natural Disaster Annex This plan served as the general over-all plan for organizing the resources of the City of Baltimore for relief in any emergency resulting from natural causes. Topics include mobilization procedure; detailed plan of operations; communications and control centers; the call-up system; personnel staff rosters; storage of equipment; and maps. BCA BRG38-5
Sub Series Details 1956 Urban Area Civil Defense Analysis Project Baluran This was a study done to measure the vulnerability of the Baltimore target complex in case of nuclear attack. Topics include population, land use, building density, railroad facilities, utilities, communications, industry, schools, fire stations, water supply, government administration, civil defense installations, topography, weather conditions, military responsibilities, and manpower. Various charts ...More

Sub Series Details 1956 Office Service Manual This manual was produced to aid the civil defense officer in carrying out his or her duties. Topics included are the organization of a district headquarters; command; staff and personnel; layout and information flow; the duties and functions of command personnel; district, area, and sector coordinators; civil defense officers and ...More

Sub Series Details 1958 Annual Report Annual report submitted to Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. highlighting the activities of the Civil Defense Organization of Baltimore City for 1958. BCA BRG38-8
Sub Series Details 1960 Staff Procedures and Responsibilities This booklet was published as a guide for use by district coordinators and/or staff members of each civil defense district within the City of Baltimore. Topics include personnel management, intelligence, plans and operations, and logistics. BCA BRG38-9
Sub Series Details 1960 Operatiions Manual This manual was produced to aid civil defense personnel in case of nuclear attack or natural disaster. Topics include alerting procedure under enemy attack conditions, emergency snow plan, emergency procedure in case of siren malfunctions, transportation of radioactive materials, medical plan for natural disasters, and natural disaster plans. BCA BRG38-10
Sub Series Details 1961 Service Reports on Operation Alert Reports concerning a simulated nuclear attack on the United States which occurred on April 28, 1961. The federal government, in order to reevaluate its non-military defense capabilities at federal, state, and local levels each year, provided for an annual test exercise (Operation Alert). The Baltimore City government was responsible for the conduct of the non-military defense ...More

BCA BRG38-11
Sub Series Details 1962 Commercial Radio Facilities Survey, State of Maryland Survey of radio communication systems within the State of Maryland to be used in the event of a national emergency. Radio systems in public safety, transportation, industry, common carriers, maritime, and broadcasting are highlighted. BCA BRG38-12
Sub Series Details 1968 Civil Disoder and Relief Report Report issued by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Disaster Control and Civil Defense concerning the April 1968 riots which occurred in the city. BCA BRG38-13
Sub Series Details Sign Installation Books Field books showing where in the city civil defense signs were installed. BCA BRG38-14