Civil Defense

What would you do if you were sitting at the dinner table and a loud buzzer went off to inform you that the federal government had detected inbound nuclear missiles? Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s the government market-tested and field tested the National Emergency Alarm Repeater device to provide just such a warning.

NEAR pamphlet. National Archives and Records Administration.

NEAR coverage in Civil Defense Administration news. National Archives and Records Administration.

Charlotte, Michigan, newspaper with coverage from the NEAR field test. NEAR pamphlet. National Archives and Records Administration.