12/12/08 95 W - + 11 - 12 Civilian Defense Materials, 1942

From the News & Observer article on February 17, 1942, the national Office of Civilian Defense prepared estimates of the emergency materials needed in all cities within 300 miles of either coast, as well as key inland defense cities. Raleigh, with a population over 47,000, would receive the following:

26,264 gas masks of four types
9 teams and 4 stations, surgical equipment for
36 stretchers
108 canvas cots
81 first aid belts
46 identification tags
2,760 arm bands
1,380 gas-proof capes
920 steel helmets
184 fireman's helmets
184 pairs of fireman's hip boots
184 fireman's coats
184 pairs of fireman's pants
11 pumper units, firefighting equipment for
540 block units (equipment for?)

Interesting how about half of the population back then would be without a gas mask.
John McAdams - 12/13/08 - 01:17

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