Elsewhere, a number of ordinary citizens continue their daily activities while a serene musical score creates a relaxed atmosphere. Ray Matthews, longshoreman, is loading steel. Stern faced Elsie Mclinden leads her kindergarten class in a sing-along. At the fire station local crews scrub hose and wash trucks. The city government is immersed in mundane civic issues and the council votes on sewer maintenance issues. Similarly, the police department tackles the peaceful crisis of everyday life. Code 126, Cat in a tree. While highlighting this humorous exchange between the police officer and a concerned citizen, Ford takes time to explain the National Warning System (NAWAS) which is connected through Portland emergency centers to radar stations throughout the United States and Canada, providing early warning of any enemy bomber flights. Seconds later, the National Warning System light begins to flash and buzz. A voice erupts over the intercom. Attention all stations, you heard it, this is an air raid warning and CONELRAD radio alert. REPEAT. This is an air raid warning and CONELRAD radio alert. Enemy aircraft are over the Aleutians. Time to Seattle Two Hours Thirty Minutes. At this point, so as not to alarm the viewing audience, the caption AN ATTACK IS NOT TAKING PLACE, appears at the bottom of the screen.
Jack Lowe, Portland civil defense coordinator, informs Mayor Terry Schrunk of the developing emergency. Acting accordingly, Schrunk adjourns the council meeting to reconvene at the emergency bunker. Flashing back to the opening shots of the film (prior to Ford's establishing narration) they are revealed to be Mayor Schrunk's arrival at the command center with his accompanying staff just before target hour approaches. With air raid sirens ringing, the aforementioned citizens freeze and look skyward before preparing to evacuate the city. Ben Conrad, mechanic, who has "heard the sirens before in practice", does nothing except his hat in frustration at the interruption. Fortunately, most Oregonians take the threat seriously and a steady exodus of bicycles, cars, utility vehicles, and pedestrians flows from the city center. Ford explains hen the sirens sound, some cities go underground, particularly if there is little warning. But Portland evacuates according to a well thought out plan.
The city government relocates to a bunker several miles outside of town (which still stands today) and charts to progress of the evacuation through commentary provided by local sportscaster Jack Carpenter. Evacuation routes are marked by green traffic lights. Portland's civil defense plan called for all emergency and municipal services to gather at "remote staging areas" strategically placed well outside the city. There they would be joined by rescue personnel from around the state. Following an attack, organized sorties would venture into the remnants of Portland to begin recovery work. To view the set up of a remote staging area, Click Here. The film concludes with an eerie scene. Motorcycle policemen cruise an empty city while dust kicks up and a stray dog runs about the streets as one last view of Portland, now empty, is showcased. Returning to the bunker where Jack Lowe grimly announces that if enemy bombers are headed for Portland they would be over head at that moment. The message AN ATTACK IS NOT TAKING PLACE again flashes on the bottom of the screen. Just when the tension seems unbearable Ford intercedes, announcing it will be up to the viewer to decide what happens on the day called X.