Civil Defense:

Are Federal, State, and Local Governments Prepared for Nuclear Attack?

LCD-76-464: Published: Aug 8, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1977.

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Civil Defense in the United States is shared among all levels of government and needs to be better planned and coordinated. Although progress has been made in setting priorities, more should be done to assure survival and recovery following a nuclear attack.

The United States lacks a comprehensive civil defense policy, and civil defense in the United States has not been a high-priority or high-dollar program. This is partially attributable to the Federal Civil Defense Act which made federal, state, and local governments jointly responsible for civil defense.

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