At the height of the Cold War, Americans were worried that at any moment the country could become engaged in a nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
The federal government built thousands of fallout shelters across the country and bombarded the airwaves with public service announcements about what to do in the event of an attack. Americans could find fallout shelters in apartment buildings, homes and schools. The shelters were usually stocked with enough food and water to last two weeks, cots to sleep on, and medical equipment.
“There are about 1000 shelters originally, but today all the interior shelters have mostly disappeared. We’re trying to preserve the signs as memory to the era,” said Adam Irish, a preservationist who started the group District Fallout to preserve the fallout shelter signs in Washington DC.