New CD Warning System
The nation’s new Civil Defense warning system was put into operation during May. The “hotline” network is ready at a moment’s notice to alert 200 key warning points. For the first time every region of the country is connected with the national warning center at the Continental Air Defense Command headquarters at Colorado Springs, Colo.
According to Lewis Berry of FCDA, the new 28,000-mile telephone system cuts the warning time to about a minute. Five years ago it took about 20 minutes to flash an alert to all points.
Blanket commands for evasive civilian action, or commands directed to individual areas, can be transmitted over the two-way conference circuit which links the national center, two alternate centers and Washington to the 200 key points. The alternate warning centers are at Roslyn, L. I., and San Francisco.