fallout shelter


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fallout shelter

[′fȯl‚au̇t ‚shel·tər]
(civil engineering)
A structure that affords some protection against fallout radiation and other effects of nuclear explosion; maximum protection is in reinforced concrete shelters below the ground. Also known as radiation shelter.

fallout shelter

A structure (or room therein) used for protection against harmful radiation due to radioactive fallout following a nuclear blast.
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New York City education officials announced last month they are taking down the fallout shelter signs at schools.
Therefore, the government turned to blast and fallout shelters. Public officials proudly Inaugurated local model shelters; they were featured at fairs and exhibitions, and even hawked by door-to-door salesmen.
"Are we going to dig a fallout shelter?" Griffith asked his father as they drove to the Episcopalian church.
But don't come out of your fallout shelter yet--we're still sitting on thousands of "zombified" or mothballed warheads not affected by the treaty.--Adam Weinstein
From reproductions of ads and pamphlets to a set of Civil Defense carrying cards for the wallet and instructions for building a fallout shelter, this documents the sentiments and thoughts of an unusual era.
In the 10 years prior, the federal government had sunk at least $4.82 billion (in current dollars) into civil defense and the idea that, as civil defense bureaucrat Leo Hoegh put it in the 1959 film Walt Builds a Family Fallout Shelter, "No home in America is modern without a fallout shelter."
Like a radiation detector after you emerge from a nuclear fallout shelter.)
Plans to release the album were scrapped after the Fallout Shelter production company financially dissolved.
Her story froze my blood even more than the fallout shelter signs hanging on the bricks outside.
In times past, a part of the hill was hollowed out to create a nuclear fallout shelter for the military, and a souvenir of the times is the imposing white-painted metal blast-proof door that one passes to reach the toilets, reached at the end of a similarly institutionally-painted narrow corridor that, had history turned out differently, would have heard the thunder of Warsaw Pact boots before the multi-pronged wheel on that door was slammed shut.
It also has a pool, private dock, cove, elevator and gym, and also houses two helipads, a barbershop and a fallout shelter in case of a nuclear emergency.
Yes, we could survive the fallout by escaping into our radiation fallout shelter beneath the garden.