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December 9, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(15):1266-1267. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920150040019

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Civil Defense Administration  It is now clear that the federal government is going to move into the civil defense situation, and without delay. This will mean, among other things, that medical preparations will be stimulated all down the line and that a start can be made on building up regional stockpiles of medical supplies. Since last September 19 a bill to create a Federal Civil Defense Administration has been before the Senate Armed Services Committee (S. 4162, which was reviewed at some length in this space on September 30). Last week several similar bills, but giving the federal government greater power, were introduced in both House and Senate. But Mr. Truman did not wait for Congress to act. Instead he used his executive powers to set up a Civil Defense Administration, which will function as an independent agency while Congress debates the bills. Civil defense activities of the National Security

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