Accelerated Action: The North Carolina Civil Defense Agency and the Cuban Missile Crisis, October-December 1962

January 2009
North Carolina Historical Review;Jan2009, Vol. 86 Issue 1, p59
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The article discusses the North Carolina Civil Defense Agency (NCCD) and its activities surrounding the Cuban missile crisis from October to December in 1962. Details are given noting the rapid effort of the NCCD to identify, provide and supply fallout shelters for the population of North Carolina during the crisis. According to the article, the missile crisis validated the state's civil defense program and a survey of the contemporary mainstream press shows that during and after the crisis, the agency received praise, rather than criticism for its actions despite the expense of the initiative.


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