Accession Number : AD0737222

Title :   Public Response to Community Shelter Planning: Rochester and Olmsted County, Minnesota.

Descriptive Note : Final summary rept.,

Corporate Author : IOWA STATE UNIV AMES DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Yarbrough,Paul ; Klonglan,Gerald E. ; Padgitt,Steve ; Lutz,Gene M.

Report Date : SEP 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : The study investigated responses made by adults in the City of Rochester and Olmsted County, Minnesota to a Community Shelter Plan (CSP) and to OCD booklet H-14, 'In Time of Emergency.' A total of 493 interviews were completed during the study. This included independent control samples before and after CSP as well as a panel of 97 persons interviewed at both time periods. The CSP plan allocated public fallout shelters to residents based on their place of residence. Attention was adequate. Seventy-four percent were aware of receiving CSP materials and half read some of either the CSP maps or booklet H-14. Comprehension was less adequate, however. Only half the readers (24 percent of the total population) could correctly identify the shelter which the plan assigned them. Attitudes formed toward the CSP program were extremely favorable, but little change in behavior resulted. A slight increase was observed in attitudes toward shelters. No net change in adoption of either home or public shelters was found although a number of individuals switched their positions. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*FALLOUT SHELTERS, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL), (*PUBLIC OPINION, *CIVIL DEFENSE), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), MINNESOTA, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Civil Defense

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE