I have been working on a history project that I hope will get some of my fellow Wisconsinites involved in. I started a page on Facebook that is geared towards the Wisconsin experience of the Cold War. There are publications and scholarly works done on the Cold War, but I would like to hear the first-hand stories from Wisconsin experience. The page is new, but I have big plans ask that people involved with the project.
One of the first projects I am trying to get in motion is mapping where fallout shelters were in Wisconsin using the Google My Maps app. This app allows you to customize maps by adding pins, descriptions, and pictures. Using the map feature, I began pinning the locations of fallout shelters I know of in the state. I made the map open to the public, so individuals can go on and share locations that they know of.
Fallout shelters are not the same as bomb shelters. Fallout shelters were intended to protect people from the deadly fallout radiation dispersed from a nuclear blast, not the blast itself. Some people built private shelters to hold their family. Public shelters were in buildings where anyone could go in if the situation called for it. These shelters could be in banks, libraries, schools, office buildings, churches, etc, and were marked with a black and yellow sign , which designated that the building had a fallout shelter. The Federal Government stocked them with two weeks worth of supplies (Water, food, medical supplies, radiation monitors, etc) to support the designated capacity of people. These shelters were marked all over the United States.
This is one of the many projects I am up to right now. I am working on something big related to fallout shelters…more on that later. I hope you will take some time to check out my Facebook page and get involved with the project. For some of my seasoned followers/readers, what do you remember about fallout shelters? Did you know someone who built a private shelter in the yard? Or maybe you remember seeing public fallout shelters stocked and ready to hold people? Comment with your experience.