Defense Plans Of University Almost Ready
A Civilian Defense plan for the University will be ready by the middle of January, Walter L. Cronin, Cambridge Civil Defense Chief, announced yesterday. Charles C. Pyne, assistant to the vice-President, said yesterday that he is gathering information for Cronin.
In a speech to the City Council yesterday, Cronin stated that the city should be prepared against attack by the first of January. The University's plans will be similar to the city's.
Outlining his plans, he stated that he will have a booklet printed soon outlining to Cambridge residents the precautions necessary in case of atomic bombardment. Some information concerning the defense set-up could not be made public, he said. The Council then motioned for a closed-door session to hear the report.
City Hall officials believed several new orders relating to defense will come out of this session; they also thought that the meeting would speed up appropriations for the set-up.
Cronin has previously announced that he will appoint a University official as deputy Civilian Defense chief in the college. Cronin's plans for the University include calling all students for voluntary service as air raid wardens. He will assign students to the fire, police, medical, and rescue departments. Those not assigned will form a manpower pool which will be drawn upon in the event of an attack.
He plans to conduct more air raid tests and blackouts in the near future. Students will be asked to serve as wardens during these tests. Also if attacks occur, he will order all students to clear the streets and do rescue work.
In his Council speech, he also contended that many things the Civilian Defense leaders in Washington are saying "are just hokum."