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Fallout Shelter / 2008

During the Cold War, the nation was gripped with fear of atomic war. In the 1950's, the US Government and the Department of Civil Defense began advocating the concept of the fallout shelter as a means of salvation.

These shelters were stocked with only the most basic supplies simply meant to keep their occupants alive. In the here and now, we thankfully do not have to worry about such a scenario, but the Fallout Shelter Theater helps to remind us of how close we once were to the war to end all wars.


In 2008, an Eagle Scout project pioneered by Joe Reilly and Tim Troppoli restored the fallout shelter in the basement of the Marconi Hotel from a wet and dirty storage room to a reminder of the horrors of the Cold War. The shelter is currently maintained and operated by Joseph Giliberti, a regular InfoAge volunteer.
 

The eerie way into Evans Shelter Area 1 - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.The eerie way into Evans Shelter Area 1 - Photo by Joseph Giliberti. Crackers, biscuits, candy and water to keep a group alive for up to two weeks - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.Crackers, biscuits, candy and water to keep a group alive for up to two weeks - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.

A Geiger Counter and survey meters to help keep people safe from dangerous radiation - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.A Geiger Counter and survey meters to help keep people safe from dangerous radiation - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.Radios for communications with other survivors and for news updates - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.Radios for communications with other survivors and for news updates - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.

 These dosimeters clipped to your shirt like a ballpoint pen and measured how much radiation you absorbed - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.These dosimeters clipped to your shirt like a ballpoint pen and measured how much radiation you absorbed - Photo by Joseph Giliberti. Civil Defense paraphernalia that might have been used by CD officers when dealing with the aftermath of an attack - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.Civil Defense paraphernalia that might have been used by CD officers when dealing with the aftermath of an attack - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.

 Posters like these kept the public aware of the situation that could change at any moment - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.Posters like these kept the public aware of the situation that could change at any moment - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.A view of our Fallout Shelter complete with surround sound  - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.A view of our Fallout Shelter complete with surround sound - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.

 

Anyone could survive an atomic blast with the help of Bert the Turtle - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.Anyone could survive an atomic blast with the help of Bert the Turtle - Photo by Joseph Giliberti.


There are currently ten films available for viewing in the fallout shelter theater.

Operation Cue: A nuclear test in Nevada to gauge damage to the average american town.

Duck and Cover: Seen in classrooms throughout the 50's and 60's, its all about the turtle who is always ready.

Atomic Attack: A made-for-TV movie from the Motorola Televison Hour, depicting the unfolding effects of a nuclear attack on a household in Long Island.

A is for Atom: A child friendy, though very detailed look at how an atom bomb works and why they are so dangerous.

Medical Aspects of Radiation: Circa 1960, it shows the useful applications of radiation in medicine, as well as the dangerous effects of radiation on the human body.

Fallout: This short film explains the extreme dangers of fallout dust in the aftermath of an atomic attack.

Radioactive Fallout: Another public service film describing the dangers of fallout.

Atomic Alert: What you are supposed to do when you hear that siren in the distance.

Radiological Defense: How to stay safe in an attack, and how to best protect yourself.

Surviving Under Atomic Attack: Tells of fallout shelters, and their proper use.
 

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