Below are links to stories from around the United States (as well as some beyond) involving Fallout Shelters. Civil Defense, and the like. They are in order by year, starting with the newest.

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What Happened to New York City’s Fallout Shelters – Cheddar Explains
September 12, 2022 (NOTE: Link opens to YouTube video)


Washington state relics of the Cold War are hidden in plain sight
July 12, 2021

Unknown Stories of WNY: Cold War ‘time capsule’ discovered under college dorms 
April 6, 2021

Brockport’s Cold War Fallout Shelters Revealed
SUNY Brockport
January 25, 2021


7 Everyday Buildings That Are Actually Fallout Shelters
September 15, 2020

Sign of the times
Sturgis Journal
September 1, 2021

Fallout shelters had their day in Cold War era
Urban Times
March 16, 2020

At Cold War Nuclear Fallout Shelters, These Foods Were Stocked For Survival
February 26, 2020

Does Dallas still have any of its Cold War-era nuclear bomb fallout shelters? Curious Texas investigates
The Dallas Morning News
February 12, 2020


NYC fallout shelters (Video only)
Fox 5 NY
December 2, 2019

Inside Stanford’s Last Fallout Shelter: a time capsule to Cold War politics and protests
The Stanford Daily
September 25, 2019 

Remnants of the Cold War, Some Milwaukee Fallout Shelters Remain
WUMW 89.7
August 30, 2019

Curious Nashville: What’s Inside The Governor’s Old Fallout Shelter In The Woods?
Nashville Public Radio
August 19, 2019

Fallout shelter locked away under Henderson’s South Middle School
The Gleaner
August 16, 2019

Hidden history: fallout shelter found under school
July 12, 2019

Today in History: State of Washington breaks ground for fallout shelter under I-5
May 15, 2019

How “Duck and Cover” Drills Channel America’s Cold War Anxiety
March 26, 2019

In The Age Of Fallout Shelters
Arlington Magazine
February 25, 2019

There’s an abandoned fallout shelter from the Cold War underneath an elementary school in Washington, D.C. Take a look inside 
February 22, 2019

Long Island’s Hidden Past: Abandoned nuclear fallout shelter 
News 12 Long Island
February 7, 2019 


Fallout Shelters: Signs of the Past
WNEP News Station 16
October 31, 2018

Cold War time capsule: Abandoned school nuclear fallout shelter one mile from the White House is almost perfectly preserved 56 years after it was hurriedly built following the Cuban Missile Crisis
Daily Mail
April 27, 2018

Old fallout shelter signs still dot Staten Island. Where can you see them?
Staten Island Advance
April 13, 2018

Ask The Times: Public fallout shelters are a thing of the past 
Quad-City Times-Illinois/Iowa
February 3, 2018

Can old nuclear fallout shelters still protect you?
WSBT-South Bend, Indiana
January 26, 2018

Fallout shelters sparked controversy in central Pennsylvania during Cold War: 5 facts
Penn Live
January 25, 2018

The Demise of Nuclear Fallout Shelters
Firefighter Nation
January 24, 2018

What Do Those Fallout Shelter Signs Actually Mean?
January 23, 2018 (Ed. Disclosure: Includes interview with Fallout Five Zero)

Heed old shelter signs? If nuke is REALLY coming, maybe not
January 22, 2018 

Fallout shelters offered security in tense time
The Times & Democrat-South Carolina
January 20, 2018

Seattle Fallout Shelter a Cold War relic under I-5
KIRO-Seattle, Washington
January 19, 2018

Shelters fall out of use
January 19, 2018

The forgotten fallout shelter: An inside look underneath one of Spokane’s oldest buildings
KHQ-Spokane, Washington
January 19, 2018

From the Vault: Here’s how Cincinnati prepared for a nuclear strike in the 1960s
WCPO Cincinnati
January 18, 2018

How Americans of the 1960s Really Felt About Nuclear Fallout Shelters
January 17, 2018

Long before Hawaii’s false missile alert, Rochester had elaborate civil defense plan
WHAM-Rochester, New York
January 17, 2018

Take a look inside of one of CNY’s former bomb shelters
CNY Central-Syracuse, New York
January 16, 2018

NYC Department of Education removes “Fallout Shelter” signs
PIX New York
January 15, 2018

After Hawaii missile scare, a look back at aging nuclear fallout shelters in East Tennessee
January 15, 2018

Would a 1960’s Fallout Shelter Actually Protect You From Nuclear War?
Popular Mechanics
January 15, 2018

What to do in case of a nuclear attack
The Washington Post
January 14, 2018

After missile alert mistake, UH students ran for cover and hid in classrooms
Hawaii News Now
January 13, 2018

Nuclear fallout: A renewed interest in disaster preperation [sic]
The Alliance Review
January 9, 2018

Nuclear fallout shelters in Stark County. Are any still safe?
CantonRep.Com-Canton, Ohio
January 8, 2018

As Trump Taunts North Korea, Americans Are Taking The Nuclear Shelter Symbol Very Literally Again
January 5, 2018

City to Remove Outdated Fallout Shelter Signs
January 1, 2018


New York removes misleading nuclear fallout shelter signs
December 27, 2017 

New York City To Remove Misleading Nuclear Fallout Shelter Signs
Huffington Post
December 27, 2017

Amid tensions, fallout shelters get another look
The Boston Globe
December 26, 2017 (Ed. disclosure: Includes interview with Fallout Five Zero)

The Doomsday Diet
December 12, 2017

Clay County fallout shelter: Then and now
The Daily Times Leader-Mississippi
December 10, 2017

Well Within Range of North Korean Missiles, Hawaii Turns to Cold War Air Raid Sirens
The Drive
November 30, 2017

Left behind: public and private nuclear fallout shelters in the Port City
WECT-North Carolina
November 30, 2017

Fallout shelters: a look back at Tucson during the Cold War
November 8, 2017

Ogden native created iconic nuclear fallout shelter signs back in the 1960s
Standard-Examiner – Utah
November 5, 2017

Frozen in time: A look at Clark County’s Fallout Shelter
News 3 Las Vegas
November 3, 2017

Bob Blakeley designed fallout shelter sign, an icon of the Cold War
The Florida Times-Union 
November 2, 2017

How some kids helped with the design of the Cold War fallout shelter sign
October 30, 2017

RIP Robert Blakeley, Designer of the Fallout Shelter Sign 
October 30, 2017

Robert Blakeley, whose fallout shelter sign was a grim reminder of nuclear war, dies at 95
The Washington Post
October 29, 2017

Robert Blakeley, Who Created A Sign of The Cold War, Dies at 95
New York Times
October 27, 2017

Fallout shelter, a relic from the past, may find new life amid world tension
The Commercial, Pine Bluff (Arkansas)
October 20, 2017

This nuclear fallout shelter was untouched for 55 years. It might come in handy now.
The Washington Post
October 18, 2017

From the Archives: When Civil Defense led a nation on the brink of war
Quad-City Times-Illinois/Iowa
October 17, 2017

Nuclear Fallout Shelters Were Never Going to Work
October 16, 2017 

Thinking the unthinkable: Don’t rely on these historic fallout shelters in case of a nuclear attack
October 6, 2017

Forgotten fallout shelter found under Long Island School
Fox 5 New York 
September 27, 2017 (With detailed video)

War with North Korea? People Are Building Nuclear Bunkers And Shelters Again Because of Trump and Kim Jong Un
September 19, 2017

Does Kalamazoo Still Have Fallout Shelters?
September 15, 2017

Inside the Nuclear Fallout Shelter at Papago Park
Phoenix New Times
August 29, 2017 (Slideshow only)

North Korea threatens to launch a nuclear attack. What happened to Fresno’s fallout shelters?
The Fresno Bee
August 24, 2017

Blast From The Past: Could Clark County’s Fallout Shelters Be Needed Again?
Nevada Public Radio
August 18, 2017 

Do you remember fallout shelters? We want to hear from you.
The Monitor-Texas
August 18, 2017

Blast from the past: Inside a Cold War-era fallout shelter in Austin
August 17, 2017

Revisiting the Relics of a Fearful History, Revived
Seattle Weekly
August 16, 2017

Not That You’ll Need Them, But You Can Still Spot Some Of Denver’s Fallout Shelters
Colorado Public Radio
August 15, 2017

When fallout shelters dotted the Stanford Campus
Stanford University News
August 15, 2017

50 Years Ago, Sacramento was Littered with Fallout Shelters
Fox 40
August 15, 2017

Milwaukee area has dozens of fallout shelters
August 12, 2017

Decades-old map pinpoints 135 fallout shelters in Sacramento County
KCRA-Sacramento, California
August 12, 2017

Chattanooga history: a look at the city’s fallout shelters
August 11, 2017

These 5 countries are searching the term ‘fallout shelter’ the most
NBC 5-Vermont/New York 
August 11, 2017

In Case of Nuclear Attack, Don’t Forget the Groceries
The New York Times
August 10, 2017

New York is filled with thousands of abandoned bomb shelters from a time when a nuclear attack was almost certain 
NY Daily News
August 10, 2017

Could fallout shelters return? North Korean tensions bring memories back
ABC 33/40-Alabama
August 9, 2017

Nuclear fallout shelters scarce around Portland, Ore.
KATU-Portland, Oregon
August 4, 2017

Where did those fallout shelter signs come from?
Forest Park Review-Illinois
August 1, 2017

Hawaii emergency agency puts kibosh on fallout shelters beneath Diamond Head crater
Stars and Stripes
July 21, 2017

Emergency officials explain why fallout shelters impractical for missile attacks
July 6, 2017

What the government didn’t mention about fallout shelters
April 18, 2017


KFOR’s Cold War bomb shelter about to go off the air
Lincoln Journal Star
May 23, 2016


Throwback Thursday: MBTA shows off it’s true bunker mentality
Boston Herald 
August 27, 2015


Salt Lake City’s fallout shelters remain hidden relics of Atomic Age
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 21, 2014


Cold War-era fallout shelters still found in Fall River buildings
Wicked Local
March 25, 2012 (Ed. Disclosure: More recent FFZ tour of bank shelter can be found here)


Fallout shelters: Cold War history in your neighborhood
Greater Greater Washington
November 10, 2010


Could you find your local bomb shelter?
MetroWest Daily News
August 26, 2007


Fallout Shelters Are Not What They Used to Be
November 5, 1997


Which Way To The Nearest Fallout Shelter?
Chicago Reader
April 14, 1994


University Has No Plans To Stock Fallout Shelters
The Harvard Crimson
May 27, 1963

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