Surviving Every Day Life
by jon doe
On October 22, 1962, after reviewing newly acquired intelligence, President John F. Kennedy informed the world that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases in Cuba, a mere 90 miles off the shores of Florida. In addition to demanding that Russian Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev remove all the missile bases and their deadly contents, Kennedy ordered a naval quarantine (blockade) of Cuba in order to prevent Russian ships from bringing additional missiles and construction materials to the island. Premier Khrushchev authorized his Soviet field commanders in Cuba to launch their tactical nuclear weapons if invaded by U.S. forces. On October 28, thinking better of prolonging his challenge to the United States, the Russian Premier conceded to President Kennedy's demands by ordering all Soviet supply ships away from Cuban waters and agreeing to remove the missiles from Cuba's mainland. After several days of teetering on the brink of nuclear holocaust, the world breathed a sigh of relief. I was only 9 years old when the news at night was full of the story of the missiles in Cuba. We had a TV in our house for about only a year by then and we had to watch whatever our parents were watching. But I watched every thing because it was a lot better than sitting in the living room at night and staring at a radio. I am the 2nd oldest of 5 brothers and three sisters. Let me tell you, if you were not around the back then, that it was really scary. Every night it seemed that things were getting worse. It really looked like we were going to have an atomic war with Russia. My Mother was working all day stocking our cellar with canned and other non perishable foods. She also boiled water and sealed it in canning jars and put those in the cellar too. With in a couple of days a strange shaped thing appeared on the middle of the Green downtown. It was an instant bomb shelter! Pre made of reinforced fiber glass, you simply had to dig a hole, set the bomb shelter in it and bury it with the dirt. there was a sales man siting inside at a little desk and he sold hundreds of them. At school we were given instructions on what to do during an air raid. Shown how to hide under our desks to have some protection from parts of the building falling on you. Some one was assigned to making sure the huge class room windows were covered by the blinds. The towns air raid siren was only about a block away and when it went off ( at least once a day during school hours ) it was deafening and every one would jump to their assigned tasks and get ready to hopefully survive the first wave of attacks. At home after school my Mother was almost in a panic state all the time, which did not make us kids feel any better. My Father thank god was a rock having been in the Pacific on a ship during WW2 he was not a stranger to war. He said that our cellar, being made of large field stones and dug deep would be a good place to survive and that it would be unlikely that a bomb exploded close to us. Still I was only 9 and being the second oldest next to my Brother, we had to be brave for our younger siblings. We were all wondering if our favorite holiday, Halloween, was going to come that year. Then on October 28th it was all over, the Russians had backed down, apparently people in Russia were scared too. Ever since then I have planned and prepared myself to be ready for any disaster or emergency. The things I have learned through out my life I share on my blog. Please come and have a look and join my blog to stay up to date on the best and newest survival training and products. Plus a lot of great articles and survival techniques posted all the time. Thanks for reading http://survive2012inachangingworld.blogspot.com/
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