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September 11, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(11):884-888. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780370050021

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Aug. 13, 1937.

Precautions Against Air Raids  The elaborate scale on which precautions against air raids are being taken is illustrated by the case of Sunderland, a shipbuilding town of 185,000 inhabitants on the northeast coast. An emergency organization 3,500 strong, including 2,000 volunteer air wardens, is being formed. Preparations are being made for the treatment of casualties, rescue work and demolition of unsafe buildings, decontamination of streets, repair of damage to roads and sewers, fire fighting, gas detection, emergency communications, protection of the public, and lighting restrictions. Control of these arrangements will be delegated to the chief executive officers of the town corporation, who will be responsible for their being kept down to date and ready for use. Headquarters will be arranged in various public buildings, and portions of them will be rendered gas and splinter proof, with living and sleeping accommodation. These men

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