Creative Arts Studio
When Congress and the Eisenhower Administration approved the creation of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization during the summer of 1958, one of the first tasks given the new agency was the problem of fallout. Although shrugged off as nominal threat for the previous decade, by the late 1950s fallout radiation was being treated as a dangerous and long lasting effect of atomic attack. The immediate result of the this new position was the release of dozens of pamphlets and films encouraging the creation of home shelters. As part of this campaign, the animation experts of Creative Arts Studio were contracted in 1959 to provide a brief overview of fallout, its effects, and methods of protection. The same year, Creative Arts would also release Emergency Hospital, a "filmograph" of still images strung together with narration to highlight to the packaged disaster hospital storage program enacted by the OCDM.
Similar precautions should be taken when traveling in your car, which should also be stocked with emergency supplies. Farmers and ranchers have an additional duty, to keep their cattle and their feed covered from fallout well in advance of any threat. Such assets would be vital following an enemy attack. Failure to follow these instructions will result in radiation sickness, the film sternly warns. Evidence of too much exposure will first be seen in loss of appetite, ill feelings, and easy bruising. Even if these symptoms go away, they may return along with the loss of hair, indicating severe sickness. This scenario can be avoided, however, with proper shelter. Wrapping up, the film offers quick descriptions of the various types of home shelters which work best, and their associated costs. Each design, which can be acquired through pamphlets provided by local civil defense officials, was designed for lowest cost and maximum protection. The narrator makes it clear that a trip to the local warden post to inspect these plans would be a worthwhile excursion.
Fallout: When and How to Protect Yourself may be viewed, in its entirety, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrMEW9s4i1o.