"Yes, my son...what question is weighing upon your young soul?"
"If our house were to suddenly explode, do we have one of those big holes in the backyard where we could hide?"
"A hole in the backyard? You mean like a bomb shelter?"
"A BOMB SHELTER? Why does the bomb need shelter? It's us who need to hide..not the bomb!
Geez mom what are you thinking?"
Yeah I ask myself that on a daily basis.
How to live in comfort while the world is being destroyed
While I was growing up my girlfriend had one of these in her backyard.
We used to open it up and peer down into the blackness through all spider webs.
It had a wooden staircase that didn't look like it would hold our weight.
It was a sobering reminder of the fear that people lived with.
A 33 RPM record was put out in 1961 with recommendations on how to survive extended time in your backyard shelter:
Please keep these items stocked in your shelter at all times:
cups, napkins, matches, pocket knife, battery-powered radio and extra batteries, human waste can, recreational and spiritual supplies, books, cards and games... By all means provide some tranquilizers to ease the strain and monotony of life in a shelter. A bottle of 100 should be adequate for a family of four. Tranquilizers are not a narcotic and are not habit forming. Ask a doctor for his recommendation.
No one knows if you'll ever need a shelter, but in this atomic age it's wise to be prepared. The best advice your government can give you is Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow.
I am wondering how one can be alert today if one has access to a bottle of 100 tranquilizers.
Lucky they aren't habit forming!