Reference HO 199/398
Title Civil Defence in the United Kingdom': booklet
Former Department Reference HSI: 173/2 (Pt I)
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Pre-war planning
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Memoranda, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Germany, Guatemala, Mexico
Organisations Auxiliary Fire Service, Civil Defence Reserve, Civil Defence Service, National Fire Service, Royal Observer Corps, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of documents relating to the organisation of civil defence in the United Kingdom, as requested by Imperial, Allied, and neutral territories. Subjects covered in the file include the administration of civil defence; modifications due to bombings; financial arrangements including grants; shelters, including provisions for schools; gas mask provisions; air-raid warnings and wardens; concealment, including lighting and camouflage; the recruitment of and conditions of service for personnel; report and control centres; first aid and ambulance provision; hospitals, including the Emergency Hospital Scheme; gas identification; decontamination services; and public utility repairs. Other subjects discussed include fire precautions, including the National Fire Service; the training of personnel; care for the homeless, including accommodation, allowances, clothing, and meals; information and administration centres; first-aid repairs to housing; industrial repairs; the salvage of goods; the disposal of the dead; road transport provisions, including petrol; and the Civil Defence Reserve.


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