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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Duck and Cover!

Duck and Cover Concept Demonstrated During the Cold War
The "Duck and Cover" concept was predominant during the Cold War era in the United States and in England. The concept was widely criticized as it might seem plain stupid to some that simply placing yourself in a fetal position could save your life. Well, these people are right on some points and wrong on others. In my opinion, the Duck and Cover technique remains a viable method that is easily rendered a automatism in children who would normally run to the windows to see what is happening.

There are three aspects that the "Duck and Cover" technique was looking to address and that I will discuss in this post:
  • The Curious Nature of Humans.
  • The Increased Spine and Radiation Protection Offered.
  • Reducing Casualties in the 5-17 Age Group.
The Curious Nature of Humans:
Humans have the instinctive nature of wanting to know everything, in the case of a Natural Disaster of Nuclear War, this is not the best idea. Take for example what would happen if you saw a big flash outside, would you go hide or go see what it was? Unfortunately all the people who will go see what it was will probable be dead or dying since a huge flash is the sign of a nuclear detonation. The resulting shock wave sent in the form of wind and then of heat will implode all windows and set fire to anything within miles of the bomb (depending on the size). The "Duck and Cover" technique addresses this issue by installing a automatic reflex.

The Increased Spine and Radiation Protection Offered:
A Poster from the Game Fallout 3 which Demonstrates the Duck and Cover Technique
The Duck and Cover technique also improves the protection offered to the subject by encouraging him to find a safe place to hide. The drills taught in school and businesses told the people to hide under a desk or against a solid wall. This also prevents debris from striking the person and blocks some of the initial Gamma radiation shot out by a nuclear blast. The fetal position protects the person's spine which in turns offers better survival chances. It is obvious that in the event of a natural disaster or nuclear war the emergency response teams would be in as much trouble as you, and a spinal fracture could prove to be fatal.

Reducing Casualties in the 5-17 Age Group:
Since events that cause massive casualties will probably kill most of the people of the targeted area, there is an essential need for any population to protect its future leaders. In the event of a nuclear war, most working age men will be in the military while women will be unable to reproduce because of radiation damage to ovaries and fetuses. The "Duck and Cover" technique was thus, most taught and practiced in schools even if they are not primary targets of a military nuclear attack. Even if it would only save 10% more children than if the method wouldn't be used, this represents a huge advantage for repopulating the area.

To conclude, even if the "Duck and Cover" method was subject to a lot of criticism because it seems like it is only a way to statistically reduce casualties and is not reliable for the individual human being. Still the method has its advantages and overall it is a good this. I included a 9 min 14 sec movie (below) that was aired in 1952 to publicize the "Duck and Cover" method. It was written by Raymond J. Mauer and directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions.

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