Tag: nuclear attack


This Week in Chester History…

In 1961, the Observer-Tribune reported that 48 local residents completed a 12-hour course in Family and Personal Survival at West Morris Regional High School, in cooperation with the Morris County Division of Civilian Defense. The course covered the effects of radioactive fallout, protecting your family from danger, protection from natural disasters, heat and blast effects from hydrogen bombs, and general personal and family planning. The course was so popular that 16 people signed up immediately when the second course was announced for the following January.


This Week in Chester History…

Fifty-five people from the local area attended a 3-hour adult class on Personal and Family Survival at West Morris Regional High School, in 1961. Topics discussed included Russia’s present preparedness, the need for personal readiness as a deterrent to war, a film of the hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll, and the effects of a 20-megaton nuclear detonation. Source: Observer-Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

The Civil Defense Director of Chester, John C. Morgan, Jr., with an eye toward nuclear attack, recommended that citizens vote to adopt the N.J. constitutional amendment posed as a question on the 1961 ballot. The question read, “Shall the amendment of Article IV, Section VI of the Constitution, agreed to by the Legislature, vesting power in the Legislature to insure continuity of the State, county and local governmental operations in periods of emergency resulting from disasters caused by enemy attack be adopted?” It was approved, after some tinkering, in December 1961 (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/lawsconstitution/constitution.asp).¬†Soure: Observer-Tribune.