Reference HO 199/403
Title Civil Defence in the United Kingdom': revision of booklet
Former Department Reference HSI: 173/11
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Memoranda, Miscellaneous
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations London, Soviet Union
Organisations Auxiliary Fire Service, Civil Defence Service, Home Guard, Local Councils, National Fire Service, Royal Observer Corps


A file of documents relating to amendments to the British civil defence handbook. Subjects covered in the file include the air-raid warning system; recruitment, training, and provision of equipment for firefighting services such as the National Fire Service; ambulance and first-aid services; messenger services; decontamination services; wardens and rescue services; welfare provisions for civil defence personnel, including accommodation; terms of service for personnel, including recruitment specifications, uniforms, working hours, and wages; air-raid shelters; and transport provisions, including petrol, insurance, motor vehicles, and railways. Other subjects discussed include the disposal of the dead; gas attack precautions, including gas identification and gas masks; mobile canteens; lighting restrictions and camouflage; evacuation from industrial areas; public utilities and housing repairs; welfare provisions for air-raid victims, including meals, clothing, accommodation and money; salvage and debris clearance; the administration of civil defence; and criticism of firefighting methods by a Soviet eyewitness of an incident in London.


accommodation, administration, air raids, airfields, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, allowances, ambulances, amenities, bedding, billeting, blackout, blindness, bomb damage, camouflage, chemicals, children, cities, civil defence, Civil Defence Regions, civilian casualties, clothing, communal feeding, communications, conscription, construction, decontamination, defence works, demographics, demolition, depots, disability, distribution, education, electricity, emergency procedures, employment, evacuable areas, evacuees, factories, family, finance, fire prevention, fire services, fires, first aid, food preparation, food supplies, fuel, furnishings, gas, gas attacks, gas masks, grants, healthcare, heating, homelessness, hospitals, hostels, hot water, householders, housing, incendiary bombs, industrial areas, industrial workers, industry, infants, infrastructure, insurance, labour supply, laundry, lighting, local authorities, maternity, meals, medical supplies, mental health, military training, mortuaries, mothers, motor vehicles, neutral areas, old age, parents, part-time employment, personal income, petrol, police, priority classes, prosecution, public health, publishing, railways, reception areas, recreation, recruitment, repair, rescue, retail, roads, rural areas, salvage, sanitation, schools, sewerage, skilled labour, Soviet nationals, towns, trade unions, traffic, transportation, unskilled labour, vocational training, volunteers, wages, water supply, welfare, working conditions, working hours, youths

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