Duck-and-cover exercises quickly became a part of Civil Defense drills that every American citizen, from children to the elderly, practiced to be ready in the event of nuclear war. Beyond that range however many lives would be saved by following the simple advice, especially since at that range the main hazard is not from ionizing radiation but from blast injuries and sustaining thermal flash burns to unprotected skin.
Procedure[ edit ] During a surprise nuclear Duck and cover edit ] Dropping immediately and covering exposed skin provide[s] protection against blast and thermal effects A log, a large rock, or any depression in the earth's surface provides some protection.
Protect exposed skin from heat by putting hands and arms under or near the body and keeping the helmet on. Remain facedown until the blast wave passes and debris stops falling.
Stay calm, check for injury, check weapons and equipment damage, and prepare to continue the mission. There, one should assume a prone-like positionlying face-down, and to afford protection against the continuing heat of the explosion further cover exposed skin and the back of one's head with one's clothes; or, if no excess cover or cloth is available, one should cover the back of one's head and neck with one's hands.
Similar instructions, as presented in the Duck and Cover film, are contained in the British public information film Civil Defence Information Bulletin No. Army training, soldiers are taught to fall down immediately and cover their face and hands in much the same way as is described above. However, in higher blast pressure zoneswhere partial-to-total building collapse may occur, it would also serve a similar role to that borne out from experience in urban search and rescuewhere voids under the debris of collapsed buildings are common places for survivors to be found.
Sheltering is, as depicted in the film, also the final phase of the "duck and cover" countermeasure in the surprise attack scenario. Cursory analysis[ edit ] The "duck and cover" countermeasure could save thousands. This is because people, being naturally inquisitive, would instead run to windows to try to locate the source of the immensely bright flash generated at the instant of the explosion.
During this time, unbeknownst to them, the slower moving blast wave  would be rapidly advancing toward their position, only to arrive and cause the window glass to implode, shredding onlookers.
Hiroshi Sawachika, although he was sufficiently far away from the Hiroshima bomb himself and was not behind a pane of window glass when the blast wave arrived, those in his company who were had serious blast injury wounds, with broken glass and pieces of wood stuck into them.
At a sufficient distance from a nuclear explosionthe blast wave produces similar results to these natural phenomena, so similar countermeasures are taken.
In areas where earthquakes are common, a countermeasure known as "Drop, Cover, and Hold On! The Halifax Explosion ofan ammunition ship exploding with the energy of roughly 2. However despite having these few seconds of relatively unique warning, he did not stay on the ground for long enough after the flash subsided, and received some translational injuries due to prematurely standing-up again, at which point the slower moving blast wave swept past him and carried him with it for a few meters.
The general population however was not warned of the heat or blast danger following an atomic flash, due to the new and unknown nature of the atomic bomb. Many people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki died while searching the skies, curious to locate the source of the brilliant flash.
Thus, although the advice to duck and cover is over half a century old, ballistic glass lacerations caused the majority of the human injuries following the Chelyabinsk meteor air burst of February 15, With this, many in the US Governmentas well as many citizens, perceived that the United States was more vulnerable than it had ever been before.
It contains "duck and cover" or more accurately, cover and then duck advice without using those specific terms in its Six Survival Secrets For Atomic Attacks section. Try to Get Shielded 2. Drop Flat on Ground or Floor 3. Bury Your Face in Your Arms "crook of your elbow".
The booklet was accompanied by a companion film by the same name.Duck and Cover! is a skill book in Fallout: New Vegas.
Reading this book permanently increases the player's Explosives skill by 3 points (4 with Comprehension).effects: +3 Explosives, (+4 with Comprehension). Jackie Urbanovic has written and illustrated two New York Times bestsellers, Duck at the Door and Duck Soup.
She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and shares her studio with two playful dogs and one lovable cat, all rescue animals. Mar 19, · Watch video · Duck and Cover was a social guidance film produced in by the United States federal government's Civil Defense branch shortly after .
Duck and Cover is a civil defense social guidance film that is often popularly mischaracterized as propaganda.   With similar themes to the more adult oriented civil defense training films, the film was widely distributed to United States schoolchildren in the s.
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While a little pricey, the cocktails are always worth it/5(74). An administrator at a private school in McLean, Virginia, mentioned that they had participated in the "duck and cover" drills. That was the first time the producers had heard the drills called that, and they thought the phrase would work as a title.