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Feb 3, 2013

NCP - Nuclear Catastrophe Planner

I was working as the Planning Director of Will County, Illinois (Joliet, Naperville, Tinley Park, 
Park Forest) in 1976 when a man came in to see me. He gave me a business card, which 
showed his name and indicated that he was an NCP.

"What is an NCP", I asked? "Nuclear Catastrophe Planner", he replied.

I have another live one, I thought.  He proceed to show me a large old colorfully 
printed document that showed the areas that would be destroyed by a nuclear 
attack.  All of the six County Chicago metro area would be destroyed except a 
small corner in the southwest corner of Will County. 

"Interesting and depressing", I said.  "What do you want me to do about it?"

"Prepare an evacuation plan." he said.  

"You want to evacuate the entire Chicago metro area before an attack?" I said. 
"Won't you have only 15 minutes or so to evacuate 8 million people?  
Where would they go?" The roads would be impassable.

"They will go to rural areas outside of the metro area." He said.

And then what he said made some sense. He told me that the Soviet Union had plans 
and actually practiced evacuation of their large cities.  If we got into a toe to toe confrontation 
with the USSR or PRC, as we did over the Cuban missile crisis, things could once again 
get very tense.  

"If we see they are evacuating their cities it would be best to start evacuating our cities. 
Otherwise we would be pressured to strike first." he said. Both the USSR and USA 
might take several days to evacuate their cities.

Our NCP seemed to be a free lance individual rather than a representative of a government 
agency. I asked if any of the other planning agencies were preparing such plans or 
if there was a Federal agency coordinating or funding this effort.  There was no 
funding of sponsoring Federal agency.

We never did prepare evacuation plans.


Click to see a fun video on nuclear fallout from 1955.  Anytime you get depressed 
about how things are doing now politically, think back to fun times of the cold war.

And it is a wonderful thing that the USA, USSR, and the PRC avoided blowing 
the world up. Lets keep up the good work, guys.

The map above is not from the NCP Document. 
The one the NCP showed me had a much larger 
destruction zone - probably from multiple bombs.

You probably recall the old joke

What to do in the event of nuclear attack?

Bend over, put your head between your legs, and kiss your ass goodbye.

Nuclear war takes all the fun out of warfare.

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