Air Raid Alarms Only When Bombers Are Overhead
Declaring that maintenance of production was the “over-all concern” in the event of enemy bombing, James M. Landis, Director of the Office of Civilian Defense, recently said his office would insist that no air raid alarms be given until bombers actually are overhead, so that production as well as normality of all life shall not be unduly interrupted. The alarm to personnel, the command to seek shelter in a daytime raid, comes only when the bombers are overhead.
Were the alarm to be given with bombers 200 miles away, the enemy would be permitted to paralyze all production from Baltimore to Boston by placing a few planes over Long Island.
Mr. Landis believes that as yet, the danger is only from sporadic attacks, and it is not necessary at this time to operate under blackout conditions. He observed that the cost of blackout installations was excessive in relation to the danger.