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PUBLIC INSTRUCTIONS

Card No. 1.

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PROMINENT PLACE

AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS

PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

Official Instructions Issued by the Provincial Office of the Civilian Protection
Committee (A. R. P.)

WHAT TO DO NOW

  1. OBTAIN THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION and write it clearly in the space provided so that you will know where to get help in an emergency :

 

Our Warden’s name is ………………………. Address ………………………….. phone . .
Nearest First Aid Post is located at …….. ………….. ………………………….. phone . .
Nearest Police Station is located at……… ………….. ………………………….. phone . .
Nearest Fire Alarm Box is located at…….
………….. …………………………. …………….
To Report a Fire, phone ………………………  …………. To Report Bombs, phone . .
  1. GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR WARDEN and, when he calls on you welcome him. He is your friend, anxious and willing to help Answer his questions fully and, if he asks to inspect your premises, permit him to do so and cooperate in every way. Do not hesitate to ask him for information and advice. If he can answer your questions, he will do so gladly. If he cannot he will see to it that you get satisfactory replies from the proper sources.

(EVERY WARDEN HAS C.P.C. IDENTIFICATION CARD — ASK TO SEE IT).

  1. CLEAN UP YOUR ATTIC AND CELLAR. Remove all rubbish, paper and other inflammable materials and make sure that you have easy access to all parts of your attic or roof space and cellar.
  2. OBTAIN MATERIALS TO ” BLACK OUT ” YOUR PREMISES and have them handy. (See Public Instruction Card No. 2.)
  3. OBTAIN EQUIPMENT TO DEAL WITH INCENDIARY BOMBS AND FIRES and keep them on hand in an easily accessible place. (Obtain information from your Warden as to what equipment you should have. )
  4. PREPARE A REFUGE ROOM for use in an air raid. This should be in the strongest and best protected part of your premises, pre­ferably in the basement or ground floor. (Obtain information from your Warden on how to select and prepare a Refuge Room.)
  5. CHOOSE ONE MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY TO ACT AS ” HOME AIR RAID WARDEN ” — one who will remember all the things to be done and see that they are done.
  6. CO-OPERATE WITH AND HELP all other services of the Civilian Protection Committee (A.R.P.) viz. : the Fire, Medical and Vital Services, and your Auxiliary Mobile Police Force. They have been organized for your protection and are training and working constantly for the common good.
  7. KNOW YOUR LOCAL WARNING SYSTEM THOROUGHLY. Consult your Warden for details. If it is by siren, the warning signals will be :

” ALERT ”      . . . Warning of approaching raiders         . . . Series of short blasts.

” ACTION WARNING ”      . . . Indicating that air attack has begun    . . . Rising and falling pitch (Wailing )

” ALL CLEAR ”       . . . Raiders passed            . . . Steady tone of two (2) minutes duration.

WHAT TO DO IN AN AIR RAID

When the alert signal is sounded

  1. KEEP CALM, AVOID PANIC AND CONFUSION, OBEY ORDERS, THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. Do not believe or repeat rumours. Await official confirmation of all messages and news. Rely on your Warden for this.
  2. IF YOU ARE INDOORS, STAY THERE until the ” All Clear ” signal is given. Don’t run out on the street. The safest place to be during a raid is under cover.
  3. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS, whether inside or outside a building.
  4. BLACK OUT YOUR PREMISES. Turn out all exterior lights (if lighting restrictions are not in effect) and turn out or effectively screen all interior lighting. (In Test Blackouts all lights must be turned out or totally obscured from the ” Alert ” to the ” All Clear “. )
  5. If someone seeks shelter, invite him into your Refuge Room. Sometime, you, yourself, may be in need of shelter.
  6. AVOID USING THE TELEPHONE except in cases of real emergency. The telephone lines must be kept free so that important mes­sages can get through without delay.
  7. IF YOU ARE OUT OF DOORS, TAKE COVER AT ONCE. Walk, don’t run, and keep to the sidewalks. If in the open when bombs are falling and you can’t reach cover, lie down.
  8. IF IN A CAR OR OTHER.VEHICLE DRIVE IMMEDIATELY TO THE CURB, off the roadway or to a nearby parking place. Cut the motor, turnoff the lights and seek cover. Avoid parking at street or highway intersections, in front of police and fire stations, hospital entrances or near fire hydrants.
  9. OBEY ORDERS AND INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY WARDENS OR POLICE. Do not hesitate or argue. Only orders necessary for your safety will be passed on.

If an air raid appears imminent

  1. TURN OFF THE GAS, AT THE METER.
  2. PREPARE AGAINST THE SHATTERING OF WINDOW GLASS, by placing shields on inside of window openings or affixing adhesives to the glass. (Obtain information on this subject from your Warden.)
  3. PROVIDE YOURSELF WITH AN EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY, by filling baths, sinks and other large receptacles in case the normal supply is cut off due to the damaging of water mains by bomb explosions.
  4. GO TO YOUR REFUGE ROOM QUICKLY AND QUIETLY.
  5. BE READY TO DEAL WITH INCENDIARY BOMBS. (Ascertain from your Warden how to deal with Incendiary bombs and fire caused by them.)

TO MANAGERS OF LARGE PREMISES See to it that your staff or the occupants of your premises are fully instructed as to what they should do in the event of an air raid warning. See to it, also, that those assigned to A.R.P. duties know them well. Prepare and post up signs in conspicuous places instructing occupants of your premises and the public where to seek shelter.

TO PARENTS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN : In the event of an air raid warning, do not rush to the school to get your children. Remain at home and do not telephone. Your children will be in the care of competent people who will see to it that they are safe-guarded to the fullest possible extent. They will not be permitted to leave school during an air raid.

KEEP CALM . . . THINK BEFORE YOU ACT . . . GET UNDER COVER . . . STAY INDOORS . . . BLACK OUT YOUR LIGHTS .. . STAY AWAY FROM .WINDOWS . . . OBEY INSTRUCTIONS. . .

REMEMBER THAT AN ” OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE “. . .


 

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