• History Brief: Family Fallout Shelters
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    History Brief: Family Fallout Shelters

    Many communities were building large public fallout shelters intended for thousands of people. But what if a public shelter wasn’t nearby or became overcrowded? Were there any steps individual families could take to protect themselves from nuclear fallout? Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, many families constructed personal fallout shelters in their backyards. Companies marketed several different “family models” for homeowners hoping to protect their families. These ranged from a $13.50 “foxhole kit” all the way up to the $5,000 “deluxe model” which featured beds, a phone, toilet, and a Geiger counter for detecting radiation levels. Many families constructed their shelters in the middle of the night in an effort to…