Civil Defense Is Topic of Maritime Museum Talk Nov. 15

The next New Jersey Maritime Museum monthly presentation will take place Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Buckalew’s Bar & Restaurant in Beach Haven. The guest speaker will be Jeff Brown, a Southern Regional High School teacher and historian at the Military Technology Museum in Wall. His topic is “Civil Defense and Fall-Out Shelters.”

The concept of civil defense was to protect the citizens of a state from military attacks and natural disasters. Programs of this sort were initially discussed at least as early as the 1920s and were implemented in some countries during the 1930s as the threat of war and aerial bombardment grew. It became widespread after the threat of nuclear weapons was realized.

Since the end of the Cold War, the focus of civil defense has largely shifted from military attack to emergencies and disasters in general. The new concept is described by a number of terms, each of which has its specific shade of meaning, such as crisis management, emergency management and preparedness and contingency planning.

Fallout shelters were enclosed spaces specially designed to protect occupants from radioactive debris or fallout resulting from a nuclear explosion. Many such shelters were constructed as civil defense measures during the Cold War.

Hor d’oeuvres and happy hour drink prices are available during the hour preceding the presentation. A $10 admission fee to offset expenses is collected at the door. Museum members may reserve seats up until Friday, Nov. 8, at which time nonmembers may reserve any remaining seats

Call 609-492-0202 or email info@NJMM.org for reservations.

—E.E.

Reposted from The Sandpaper