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Signs like these would let you know where public fallout shelters were located.

Bomb Shelters Then and Now

On October 6, 1961, President John F. Kennedy encouraged all Americans to prepare for nuclear war with the Soviet Union by building bomb shelters. He said, “A fallout shelter for everybody as rapidly as possible.” In the same year, the magazine, Popular Mechanics publishes plans made by the Office of Civil Defense on how to build your own bomb shelter. The government even encouraged Americans to buy radiation detectors. President Kennedy, also in 1961 asked Congress for $100 million to build public fallout shelters. To this day, during renovations and excavations of older buildings, construction crews are finding long-forgotten fallout shelters, still stocked with food and water.