- Last Updated on 08:08 AM 07/18/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
If I find time to do so, and believe me with almost 10 all-star ball teams in tournaments this past week, time is at a premium, I peruse our archives to find hidden gems from yesteryear, stories and events I may have forgotten.
I couldn’t help but be drawn to a story on the front page of the March 15, 1962 edition of the Halifax Gazette.
“Survival Plan Study Tonight,” read the headline, and the article reads as follows:
Plans for a survival program to be put in use in the event of an atomic attack will be laid at a pilot meeting at the Health Office tonight.
Former members of the armed forces who have had medical training will hear Dr. L. D. Soper, medical director for the city and county, outline the survival program.
Dr. Soper said that this group will begin training others, and that he hoped within the next two or three years at least one member of every family in the county will have a trained person to take charge if an atomic attack comes.
Such topics as fall out protection, first aid, burns, care of foods and other supplies and child delivery will be taught the group by use of films.
PTA, church and high school groups will be trained in survival practices, Dr. Soper stated.
I can’t help but remember the drills my classmates and I went through while in elementary school, not only the fire drills, but the ones where we crouched under our desks with hands over our heads.
“This is only a test…if this had been an actual emergency…,” I recall the television and radio blared out during an Emergency Broadcast System test.
Those words had little meaning for an elementary school kid like myself, and I barely remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, but years later I realize how close we came to nuclear war.
The world we live in today has its own challenges, real and imagined, and I guess the best way to describe it all is “back to the future” when comparing them to the ones we faced back when I was young.
They may not hold a candle to the threats previous generations faced in World War I and World War II, and they persevered and came through it all with flying colors.
What’s a little heat wave compared to what veterans like H. L. “Pete” Myers, W.R. Snead and their comrades went through on the beaches of Normandy.
“Doomsday Preppers” may have its place as a reality show, but our place is to live each day to its fullest, have a little fun and manage a smile and a joke once in awhile.
That’s the best we can do.