TO THE CITIZENS of MONROE COUNTY:
As nuclear war became a possibility during the 1960s, Americans across the nation braced for the coming doomsday. It was during the height of the Cold War, and fear of China and the Soviet Union led the U.S. government to make plans to retaliate if attacked.
Although it appears odd today, nuclear war preparation was common place as revealed in this Clip and Save this Page for Handy Reference, which was published in The Pocono Record on Aug. 10, 1968:
If there is time, fill all available containers – wash tubs – and cover with cardboard, paper, etc.
All utilities – gas, electric and water should be shut off at the main control point in your home as soon as the Take Cover Signed is received.
The best source of water is your hot water heater. If it is turned off immediately it is protected from contamination.