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Posted by Bowser on July 26, 2004 at 22:32:45:
In Reply to: Re: Sure didnt you get yer iodine tablets posted by Its the end of the world as we know it on July 26, 2004 at 21:30:42:
Some of us who are old enough will remember that in 1965 a similar booklet was distributed door to door in Ireland on what was euphemistically entitled 'Home Protection'. You and your family had to hide in a room with an earthen shield over the window to soak up all those stray neutrons, alpha and beta particles and seal all doors. There was a bit about milking the cows and I remember feeling sorry for the cows who wouldn't be able to fit under the lean-to under the dining room table. And you couldn't drink their milk either because it would be too hot. I found this bit from the Dail Record. The minister Mr Tully is winding up the debate in Nov 1981:
'Deputy Mervyn Taylor raised a relevant point, namely, the whole matter of Civil Defence. In 1965 a Civil Defence home protection handbook was issued and approximately 700,000 copies were distributed at that time. Further distributions were made in 1968 and in 1972 for houses built since the previous issue. Copies of the booklet are handed out to the public at the Civil Defence Stand during the RDS Spring Show and at other shows throughout the country and are made available to individuals on request. The information contained in the booklet is still substantially correct. However, it is being re-examined with a view to bringing it up-to-date.
Deputy Mervyn Taylor expressed a view that others have put forward in the past few weeks, namely, what general protection arrangements have we made in the event of an accidental or otherwise radioactive fall-out? I am afraid the answer is: very little. While the Civil Defence organisation are doing a good job in the circumstances, very few arrangements have been made to try to provide shelters. Occasionally when somebody is building a house he requests information regarding any facilities he might get in the provision of a shelter but he is considered a kind of crank. The Government must get down to the whole question of Civil Defence protection against radioactive fall-out. There are a number of old buildings that could be used. I propose to have a survey carried out in an effort to bring home to people the fact that the situation could be far more serious than many think it to be.'