Since the end of the Cold War
, the focus of civil defense has largely shifted from military attack to emergencies and disasters in general. The new concept is described by a number of terms, each of which has its own specific shade of meaning, such as crisis management
, emergency management
, emergency preparedness
, contingency planning
, civil contingency
, civil aid
and civil protection
In some countries, civil defense is seen as a key part of defense in general. For example the Swedish language
("total defense") refers to the commitment of a wide range of national resources to its defense, including the protection of all aspects of civilian life. Some countries have organized civil defense along paramilitary
lines, or incorporated it within armed forces
, such as the Soviet
Civil Defense Forces (Войска гражданской обороны).
The advent of civil defense was stimulated by the experience of the bombing of civilian areas during the First World War
. The bombing of the United Kingdom began on 19 January 1915 when German zeppelins
dropped bombs on the Great Yarmouth
area, killing six people. German
bombing operations of the First World War were surprisingly effective, especially after the Gotha
bombers surpassed the zeppelins. The most devastating raids inflicted 121 casualties for each ton
of bombs dropped; this figure was then used as a basis for predictions.
After the war, attention was turned toward civil defense in the event of war, and the Air Raid Precautions
Committee (ARP) was established in 1924 to investigate ways for ensuring the protection of civilians from the danger of air-raids
The Committee produced figures estimating that in London
there would be 9,000 casualties in the first two days and then a continuing rate of 17,500 casualties a week. These rates were thought conservative. It was believed that there would be "total chaos and panic" and hysterical neurosis as the people of London would try to flee the city. To control the population harsh measures were proposed: bringing London under almost military control, and physically cordoning off the city with 120,000 troops to force people back to work. A different government department proposed setting up camps for refugees
for a few days before sending them back to London.
A special government department, the Civil Defence Service
, was established by the Home Office
in 1935. Its remit included the pre-existing ARP as well as wardens, firemen (initially the Auxiliary Fire Service
(AFS) and latterly the National Fire Service
(NFS)), fire watchers, rescue, first aid post, stretcher party and industry. Over 1.9 million people served within the CD; nearly 2,400 lost their lives to enemy action.
The organization of civil defense was the responsibility of the local authority. Volunteers were ascribed to different units depending on experience or training. Each local civil defense service was divided into several sections. Wardens were responsible for local reconnaissance
and reporting, and leadership, organization, guidance and control of the general public. Wardens would also advise survivors of the locations of rest and food centers, and other welfare facilities.
Rescue Parties were required to assess and then access bombed-out buildings and retrieve injured or dead people. In addition they would turn off gas
and water supplies
, and repair or pull down unsteady buildings. Medical services, including First Aid
Parties, provided on the spot medical assistance.
The expected stream of information that would be generated during an attack was handled by 'Report and Control' teams. A local headquarters
would have an ARP controller who would direct rescue, first aid and decontamination
teams to the scenes of reported bombing. If local services were deemed insufficient to deal with the incident then the controller could request assistance from surrounding boroughs
Fire Guards were responsible for a designated area/building and required to monitor the fall of incendiary bombs
and pass on news of any fires that had broken out to the NFS. They could deal with an individual magnesium electron incendiary bomb
by dousing it with buckets of sand or water or by smothering. Additionally, 'Gas Decontamination Teams' kitted out with gas-tight and waterproof protective clothing
were to deal with any gas attacks
. They were trained to decontaminate buildings, roads, rail and other material that had been contaminated by liquid or jelly gases.
were widely distributed in the United Kingdom by civil defense authorities, in preparation for aerial bombardment.
Little progress was made over the issue of air-raid shelters
, because of the apparently irreconcilable conflict between the need to send the public underground for shelter and the need to keep them above ground for protection against gas attacks. In February 1936 the Home Secretary
appointed a technical Committee on Structural Precautions against Air Attack. During the Munich crisis
, local authorities dug trenches to provide shelter. After the crisis, the British Government decided to make these a permanent feature, with a standard design of precast concrete trench lining. They also decided to issue the Anderson shelter
free to poorer households and to provide steel props to create shelters in suitable basements.
During the Second World War
, the ARP was responsible for the issuing of gas masks
, pre-fabricated air-raid shelters
(such as Anderson shelters
, as well as Morrison shelters
), the upkeep of local public shelters, and the maintenance of the blackout
. The ARP also helped rescue people after air raids and other attacks, and some women became ARP Ambulance Attendants whose job was to help administer first aid to casualties, search for survivors, and in many grim instances, help recover bodies, sometimes those of their own colleagues.
Jewish Civil Defense group in Jerusalem
in 1942. The group served as ARP Fire Wardens, equipped with water hoses and buckets, some wearing FW (Fire Watcher) Brodie helmets
. Men are in uniform while women wear plain clothes. Composer Josef Tal
stands next to the woman with a black sweater.
As the war progressed, the military effectiveness of Germany's aerial bombardment was very limited. Thanks to the Luftwaffe's shifting aims, the strength of British air defenses, the use of early warning radar and the life-saving actions of local civil defense units, the aerial "Blitz" during the Battle of Britain
failed to break the morale of the British people, destroy the Royal Air Force or significantly hinder British industrial production.
Despite a significant investment in civil and military defense, British civilian losses during the Blitz were higher than in most strategic bombing campaigns throughout the war. For example, there were 14,000-20,000 UK civilian fatalities during the Battle of Britain,
a relatively high number considering that the Luftwaffe
dropped only an estimated 30,000 tons of ordinance during the battle.
In comparison, Allied strategic bombing of Germany
during the war was less lethal, with an estimated 400,000-600,000 German civilian fatalities for approximately 1.35 million tons of bombs dropped on Germany.
In the United States
, the Office of Civil Defense
was established in May 1941 to coordinate civilian defense efforts. It coordinated with the Department of the Army
and established similar groups to the British ARP. One of these groups that still exists today is the Civil Air Patrol
, which was originally created as a civilian auxiliary to the Army
. The CAP was created on December 1, 1941, with the main civil defense mission of search and rescue. The CAP also sank two Axis submarines and provided aerial reconnaissance for Allied and neutral merchant ships.
In 1946, the Civil Air Patrol was barred from combat by Public Law 79-476
. The CAP then received its current mission: search and rescue for downed aircraft. When the Air Force
was created, in 1947, the Civil Air Patrol became the auxiliary of the Air Force
The Coast Guard Auxiliary
performs a similar role in support of the U.S. Coast Guard
Like the Civil Air Patrol, the Coast Guard Auxiliary was established in the run up to World War II. Auxiliarists were sometimes armed during the war, and extensively participated in port security operations. After the war, the Auxiliary shifted its focus to promoting boating safety and assisting the Coast Guard in performing search and rescue and marine safety and environmental protection.
In the United States a federal civil defense program existed under Public Law 920 of the 81st Congress,
as amended, from 1951–1994. That statutory scheme was made so-called all-hazards by Public Law 103-160 in 1993 and largely repealed by Public Law 103-337 in 1994.
Parts now appear in Title VI of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 100-107 [1988 as amended].
The term EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS was largely codified by that repeal and amendment. See 42 USC Sections 5101 and following.
Civil Defense literature such as Fallout Protection
was common during the Cold War
Each division was divided into several sections, including the Headquarters, Intelligence and Operations, Scientific and Reconnaissance, Warden & Rescue, Ambulance and First Aid and Welfare.
In 1954 Coventry City Council
caused international controversy when it announced plans to disband its Civil Defence committee because the councillors had decided that hydrogen bombs meant that there could be no recovery from a nuclear attack. The British government opposed such a move and held a provocative Civil Defence exercise on the streets of Coventry which Labour council members protested against.
The government also decided to implement its own committee at the city's cost until the council reinstituted its committee.
In the United States
, the sheer power of nuclear weapons
and the perceived likelihood of such an attack precipitated a greater response than had yet been required of civil defense. Civil defense, previously considered an important and commonsense step, became divisive and controversial in the charged atmosphere of the Cold War
. In 1950, the National Security Resources Board
created a 162-page document outlining a model civil defense structure for the U.S. Called the "Blue Book" by civil defense professionals in reference to its solid blue cover, it was the template for legislation and organization for the next 40 years.
The US President Kennedy
(1961–63) launched an ambitious effort to install fallout shelters throughout the United States. These shelters would not protect against the blast and heat effects of nuclear weapons, but would provide some protection against the radiation effects that would last for weeks and even affect areas distant from a nuclear explosion. In order for most of these preparations to be effective, there had to be some degree of warning. In 1951, CONELRAD
(Control of Electromagnetic Radiation) was established. Under the system, a few primary stations would be alerted of an emergency and would broadcast an alert. All broadcast stations throughout the country would be constantly listening to an upstream station and repeat the message, thus passing it from station to station.
In a once classified US war game
analysis, looking at varying levels of war escalation, warning and pre-emptive attacks in the late 1950s early 1960s, it was estimated that approximately 27 million US citizens would have been saved with civil defense education.
At the time, however, the cost of a full-scale civil defense program was regarded as less effective in cost-benefit analysis
than a ballistic missile defense
) system, and as the Soviet adversary was increasing their nuclear stockpile
, the efficacy
of both would follow a diminishing returns
Contrary to the largely noncommittal approach taken in NATO
, with its stops and starts in civil defense depending on the whims of each newly elected government, the military strategy in the comparatively more ideologically consistent USSR
held that, amongst other things, a winnable nuclear war was possible.
To this effect the Soviets
planned to minimize, as far as possible, the effects of nuclear weapon strikes on its territory, and therefore spent considerably more thought on civil defense preparations than in U.S., with defense plans that have been assessed to be far more effective than those in the U.S.
Concrete door of a fallout shelter
of the civil protection in Switzerland
. As of 2006, there were about 300,000 shelters in private and public buildings for a total of 8.6 million places, a level of coverage corresponding to 114% of the Swiss population.
In Western countries, strong civil defense policies were never properly implemented, because it was fundamentally at odds with the doctrine of "mutual assured destruction
" (MAD) by making provisions for survivors.[dubious – discuss]
It was also considered that a full-fledged total defense would have not been worth the very large expense. For whatever reason, the public saw efforts at civil defense as fundamentally ineffective against the powerful destructive forces of nuclear weapons, and therefore a waste of time and money, although detailed scientific research programs did underlie the much-mocked government civil defense pamphlets of the 1950s and 1960s.
still maintain a national Civil Defence Corps, usually having a wide brief for assisting in large scale civil emergencies such as flood, earthquake, invasion, or civil disorder.
After the September 11 attacks
in 2001, in the United States the concept of civil defense has been revisited under the umbrella term of homeland security
and all-hazards emergency management.
, the triangle CD logo continues to be widely used. The old U.S. civil defense logo was used in the FEMA logo until 2006 and is hinted at in the United States Civil Air Patrol
Created in 1939 by Charles Coiner of the N. W. Ayer Advertising Agency, it was used throughout World War II and the Cold War era. In 2006, the National Emergency Management Association—a U.S. organization made up of state emergency managers—"officially" retired the Civil Defense triangle logo, replacing it with a stylised EM (standing for Emergency management
The name and logo, however, continue to be used by Hawaii
State Civil Defense
Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense.
The term "civil protection" is currently widely used within the European Union to refer to government-approved systems and resources tasked with protecting the non-combat population, primarily in the event of natural and technological disasters. For example, the EU's humanitarian aid policy director on the Ebola Crisis, Florika Fink-Hooijer
, said that civil protection requires "not just more resources, but first and foremost better governance of the resources that are available including better synergies between humanitarian aid and civil protection".
In recent years there has been emphasis on preparedness for technological disasters resulting from terrorist attack. Within EU countries the term "crisis-management" emphasizes the political and security dimension rather than measures to satisfy the immediate needs of the population.
Relatively small investments in preparation can speed up recovery by months or years and thereby prevent millions of deaths by hunger, cold and disease.
According to human capital
theory in economics
, a country's population is more valuable than all of the land, factories and other assets that it possesses. People rebuild a country after its destruction, and it is therefore important for the economic security of a country that it protect its people. According to psychology
, it is important for people to feel as though they are in control of their own destiny, and preparing for uncertainty via civil defense may help to achieve this.
In the United States, the federal civil defense program was authorized by statute and ran from 1951 to 1994. Originally authorized by Public Law 920 of the 81st Congress, it was repealed by Public Law 93-337 in 1994. Small portions of that statutory scheme were incorporated into the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act
(Public Law 100-707) which partly superseded in part, partly amended, and partly supplemented the Disaster Relief Act of 1974
(Public Law 93-288). In the portions of the civil defense statute incorporated into the Stafford Act, the primary modification was to use the term "Emergency Preparedness" wherever the term "Civil Defence" had previously appeared in the statutory language.
An important concept initiated by President Jimmy Carter
was the so-called "Crisis Relocation Program" administered as part of the federal civil defense program. That effort largely lapsed under President Ronald Reagan, who discontinued the Carter initiative because of opposition from areas potentially hosting the relocated population.
Threats to civilians and civilian life include NBC (Nuclear
, and Chemical warfare
) and others, like the more modern term CBRN
(Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear). Threat assessment
involves studying each threat so that preventative measures can be built into civilian life.
Refers to conventional explosives. A blast shelter
designed to protect only from radiation and fallout would be much more vulnerable to conventional explosives. See also fallout shelter
Shelter intended to protect against nuclear blast effects would include thick concrete and other sturdy elements which are resistant to conventional explosives. The biggest threats from a nuclear attack are effects from the blast, fires and radiation. One of the most prepared countries for a nuclear attack is Switzerland
. Almost every building in Switzerland has an abri
(shelter) against the initial nuclear bomb and explosion followed by the fall-out.
Because of this, many people use it as a safe to protect valuables, photos, financial information and so on. Switzerland also has air-raid and nuclear-raid sirens in every village.
A "radiologically enhanced weapon", or "dirty bomb
", uses an explosive to spread radioactive material. This is a theoretical risk, and such weapons have not been used by terrorists. Depending on the quantity of the radioactive material, the dangers may be mainly psychological. Toxic effects can be managed by standard hazmat
The threat here is primarily from disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.
Various chemical agents are a threat, such as nerve gas
, and so on.).
Civil defense logo on an Air raid siren
control box in Kansas
Mitigation is the process of actively prevents the war or the released of nuclear weapons
. It includes policy analysis, diplomacy, political measures, nuclear disarmament
and more military responses such as a National Missile Defense
and air defense artillery
. In the case of counter-terrorism, mitigation would include diplomacy, intelligence
gathering and direct action against terrorist groups. Mitigation may also be reflected in long-term planning such as the design of the interstate highway
system and the placement of military bases further away from populated areas.
Preparation consists of building blast shelters
and pre-positioning information, supplies, and emergency infrastructure. For example, most larger cities in the U.S. now have underground emergency operations centers that can perform civil defense coordination. FEMA also has many underground facilities for the same purpose located near major railheads such as the ones in Denton, Texas
and Mount Weather
On an individual scale, one means of preparation for exposure to nuclear fallout
is to obtain potassium iodide
(KI) tablets as a safety measure to protect the human thyroid
gland from the uptake of dangerous radioactive iodine
. Another measure is to cover the nose, mouth and eyes with a piece of cloth and sunglasses to protect against alpha particles
, which are only an internal hazard.
To support and supplement efforts at national, regional and local level with regard to disaster prevention, the preparedness
of those responsible for civil protection and the intervention in the event of disaster
- To establish a framework for effective and rapid cooperation between different civil protection services when mutual assistance is needed (police, fire service, healthcare service, public utility provider, voluntary agencies)
- To set up and implement training programs for intervention and coordination teams as well as assessment experts including joint courses and exchange systems
- To enhance the coherence of actions undertaken at international level in the field of civil protection, especially in the context of cooperation
Preparing also includes sharing information:
- To contribute to informing the public, in view of increasing citizens' level of self-protection
- To collect and disseminate validated emergency information
- To pool information on national civil protection capabilities, military and medical resources
- To ensure efficient information sharing between the different authorities
Response consists first of warning civilians so they can enter fallout shelters
and protect assets.
Staffing a response is always full of problems in a civil defense emergency. After an attack, conventional full-time emergency services are dramatically overloaded, with conventional fire fighting response times often exceeding several days. Some capability is maintained by local and state agencies, and an emergency reserve is provided by specialized military units, especially civil affairs
, Military Police
, Judge Advocates
and combat engineers
However, the traditional response to massed attack on civilian population centers is to maintain a mass-trained force of volunteer emergency workers. Studies in World War II
showed that lightly trained (40 hours or less) civilians in organised teams can perform up to 95% of emergency activities when trained, liaised and supported by local government. In this plan, the populace rescues itself from most situations, and provides information to a central office to prioritize professional emergency services.
In the 1990s, this concept was revived by the Los Angeles Fire Department
to cope with civil emergencies such as earthquakes
. The program was widely adopted, providing standard terms for organization. In the U.S., this is now official federal policy, and it is implemented by community emergency response teams
, under the Department of Homeland Security, which certifies training programs by local governments, and registers "certified disaster service workers" who complete such training.
Israel Home Front Command mobile application screen, alerting Tel Aviv citizens a minute before a Hamas missile attack on 2021, May 13 afternoon.
Recovery consists of rebuilding damaged infrastructure, buildings and production. The recovery phase is the longest and ultimately most expensive phase. Once the immediate "crisis" has passed, cooperation fades away and recovery efforts are often politicized or seen as economic opportunities.
Preparation for recovery can be very helpful. If mitigating resources are dispersed before the attack, cascades of social failures can be prevented. One hedge against bridge damage in riverine cities is to subsidize a "tourist ferry" that performs scenic cruises on the river. When a bridge is down, the ferry takes up the load.
Civil defense organizations
Civil Defense is also the name of a number of organizations around the world dedicated to protecting civilians from military attacks, as well as to providing rescue services after natural and human-made disasters alike.
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- Large gallery of Bulgaria's Civil Defense Mechanization(archived link)
- The UK Civil Defence Project – History & Photos
- National Civil Defence College, Nagpur INDIA Archived 2009-02-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Special Event Amateur Ham Radio Station operated from Bangalore, INDIA
- Protezione Civile Italian Civil Defense
- Dublin Civil Defence Ireland
- SEBEV Search and Rescue (originally a Civil Defence team in the UK)
- Civil Protection (Ministry of Interior, Spain).
- Civil Protection Villena – Spain
- Civil Defense Logo dies at 67, and Some Mourn its Passing, The New York Times, 1 December 2006 by David Dunlap.
- Cold War Era Civil Defense Museum – Features much historical information about Civil Defense history, its equipment and methods, and many historical photographs and posters.
- Annotated bibliography for civil defense from the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues
- The American Civil Defense Association
- Civil Defense Caves – Cold War community getaway in case of nuclear war located in Idaho
- Comprehensive Emergency Management Reference Material Repository
- Ready.gov – The official preparedness site of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- "Civil Defence" – A site with details of the UK's Civil Defence preparations, including those implemented during the Cold War such as the Burlington Central Government War HQ., at Corsham, Wiltshire.
- Emergency Planning in Lincolnshire
- The official Civil Defence site for the Republic of Ireland
- The official Civil Defense site of São Paulo State – Brazil
- Doctors for Disaster Preparedness
- Physicians for Civil Defense
- Dutch civil defense instructions in English
- Emergency Management Portal – online resources for emergency planners and managers
- The Norwegian Civil Defence
- German Federal Agency for Technical Relief – THW Technisches Hilfswerk
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