Sunday, February 19, 2023



Some snippets from various websites . . .


Some facts:

From Kickass Facts:


Smithsonian Magazine

JFK’s Doomsday Bunker:

February 6, 2023

From 1957 the USA and the USSR were involved in an escalating arms race with the increasing threat of nuclear war. It prompted numerous families to build backyard fallout shelters, encouraged by the US government which also initiated a national fallout shelter program. After securing $207 million in funding, the federal government started surveying schools and other public buildings to determine their suitability as potential bunkers. Once identified, these shelters were marked as such and stocked with supplies. In addition to establishing public shelters, officials emphasized individual responsibility in the event of nuclear attack. Students participated in “duck and cover” drills at school, practicing how to protect themselves from an explosion.

1950s diagram of a fallout shelter for four to six people

The White House was no exception. The Kennedy holiday compound of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, could be a potential target of any Soviet nuclear attack so officials decided to build a bunker on nearby Nantucket, an island 30 miles out to sea. A second bunker was installed on Peanut Island, near Kennedy’s vacation home in Palm Beach, Florida, so the president would have a place to continue to run what was left of the country and its government wherever he might be at the time of a missile strike.

Today, both shelters are in a state of disrepair—but efforts are underway to preserve their history, perhaps by turning the sites into museums or securing their designation as National Historic Landmarks.

Entrance to Kennedy's Palm Beach bunker, which is now closed to the public


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