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New York State Civil Defense Commission Training Exercises Files

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The bulk of this series contains correspondence, training records, reports, maps, charts, pamphlets, and handbooks that pertain to the simulated radiological situation exercises of the New York State Civil Defense Commission. Most of the correspondence involves the Civil Defense Commission's messages and message logs about schedules, situation updates, advisements and requests to the districts, requests for reports, and exercise critiques, comments, and recommendations.
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5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
[circa 1950-1960]
Series Number:
A3278

Administrative History

The State Civil Defense Commission was established in 1951 (Chapter 784, and amended by Chapters 785 and 786) within the Executive Dept. to prepare for the state's defense in the event of attack. Its mandate was to adopt, promulgate, and implement a comprehensive plan for civil defense. In the event of enemy attack, the commission's powers broadened, and it could assume direct operational control of all civil defense forces and resources, control vehicular traffic, appropriate personal and real property, and issue regulations necessary for the execution of its duties, which were to have the force of law.

Chapter 787 of the Laws of 1951 provided for an appropriation to be transferred from the capital construction fund to the commission for the construction and installation of facilities and materials for bomb shelter use.

The commission was transferred to the Department of Transportation in 1971, and then to the Division of Military and Naval Affairs in 1973.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this series contains correspondence, training records, reports, maps, charts, pamphlets, and handbooks that pertain to the simulated radiological situation exercises of the New York State Civil Defense Commission. Most of the correspondence involves the Civil Defense Commission's messages and message logs about schedules, situation updates, advisements and requests to the districts, requests for reports, and exercise critiques, comments, and recommendations.

The report types range from situation, resource, and outcome to evaluation and observation. Training records include information about exercises, sites, courses, status and reports, letters, standards, guidelines, and descriptions. There are also records pertaining to county and city abbreviations and population estimates. A smaller portion of this series involves the Civil Defense Commission's simulated natural disaster situation exercises. The records for these exercises are very similar to those for the radiological situation exercises.

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Accretion: A3278-82
1963 June 4 Exercise Slider 1 1
1963 Exercise "Slider" 1 2
1964 Exercise High Heels III 1 3
1964 Exercise High Heels III 1 4
1963 December 11 Exercise Step I 1 5
1964 Exercise Step II 1 6
1964 April 29–30 Exercise Step II Training Materials for Dist. Reps. 1 7
1964 April 29–30 Step II 1 8
1964 District # 8 Exercise Step II - Rundle Bloomer 1 9
1964 June 22–25 Critique of Blade I 1 10
1964 June 2–25 Exercise Blade 1 11
1964 November 5, 17, 19, 24 Exercise Blade II 1 12
1964 November 5, 17, 19, 24 Exercise Blade II 1 13
1964 November 5, 17, 19, 24 Exercise Blade II 1 14
1964 January 3–February 10 Exercise Step IV 1 15
February 2–4 Exercise Step IV 1 16
Exercise Step V Exercise Step V 1 17
1965 April 28 Exercise Step V 1 18
1957 EVAC 12 - Binghamton - Deposit Study 1 19
1964 July 21-23 Exercise Sun Drum II 1 20
1964 July 21-23 Critique of Sun Drum II - Tupper Lake 1 21
1964 October 3–4 Cap Survival East and South 1 22
1965 Civil Air Patrol Annual Effectiveness Exercise 1 23
1965 September 28–October 15 Nat’l CD Exercise CDEX 1 24
1966 May 21 Operation E-Town 1 25
1966 May SDC 1 26
1967 October 7 Exercise Johnstown 1 27
1959 Operation Alert 2 1
1959 OPAL 2 2
1959 Operation Alert 2 3
1959 Situation Report 2 4
Troy 2 5
DPW Districts 2 6
O.C.D.M. Region 1 2 7
Nassau Co. 2 8
Albany 2 9
Binghamton 2 10
Plattsburgh 2 11
New York City 2 12
Niagara Falls 2 13
Buffalo 2 14
Rochester 2 15
Schenectady 2 16
Syracuse 2 17
Utica 2 18
1959 Population Estimates 2 19
1959 OPAL Attack & Radiation Pattern - Map 2 20
Memorandums from Operations 2 21
1960 District Engineer D.P.W. 2 22
1960 Operation Alert - Isointensity - Isochrome Map 2 23
1960 OCDM - Region 1 2 24
1960 OPAL Log 2 25
1960 Albany 2 26
1960 Binghamton 2 27
1960 Buffalo 2 28
1960 Nassau County 2 29
1960 Niagara Falls 2 30
1960 Plattsburgh 2 31
1960 Rochester 2 32
1960 Syracuse 2 33
1960 Schenectady 2 34
1960 Troy 2 35
1960 Utica 2 36
1960 New York City 2 37
1960 Misc. for Plotting 2 38
1960 Situation Reports 2 39
1960 1960 2 40
1960 Operation Alert 2 41
1960 Operation Alert 2 42
1961 Operation Alert 2 43
1961 OPAL J.H. Oliver 2 44
1961 OPAL 2 45
1961 OPAL 2 46
1961 OPAL 2 47
Incoming Messages 2 48
1961 Outcoming Messages 2 49
1963 January 4 Exercise Opening Game 2 50
1962 Training Exercises - Hurricane Dorothy 2 51
1960 Exercise Mt. Vernon - State Directed Drill 2 52
1960 Exercise in Rockland Co. 2 53
1963 Exercise Big Bat 2 54
1963 March 28 Big Bat Exercise 2 55
Exercise "Step Four" 3 1
Exercise "Step One" - "Step Two" 3 2
Exercise "Slider" 3 3
History of Civil Defense Jurisdictions 3 4
Exercise High Heels III 3 5
Hurricane 3 6
1963 January 4 Opening Game 3 7
Opening Game Monitor Messages 3 8
1963 January 4 Exercise "Opening Game" - Solutions to Problems 3 9
School Solutions - Opening Game 3 10
1961 Operation Alert - Training Letters 3 11
1961 Operation Alert 3 12
1961 Operation Alert 3 13
1959-1960 Operation Alert 3 14
1956 Operation Alert 3 15
Message Forms CDEX - 66 4 1
CDEX - 66 Log NAWAS 4 2
Checkerboard Exercises Federal 4 3
CDEX NAWAS Log Region 1 4 4
CDEX - 66 4 5
CDEX - 67 NACOM & TWX Messages 4 6
CDEX - 67 NAWAS Log & Actual Message Copies - Misc. Information 4 7
CDEX - 67 4 8
Exercise High Heels III 4 9
1961 OPAL 4 10
1963 March 28 Big Bat 4 11
1961 William J. McGrath OPAL 4 12
Step II 4 13
Operation Step II Incoming TWX 4 14
Operation Step II Outgoing TWX 4 15
Step IV 4 16
Step V 4 17
Checkerboard Exercises - State 4 18
Opening Game 4 19
1961 Checkerboards 4 20
1959 Survey, Warning Time 4 21
Exercises 4 22
Checkerboards Federal 4 23
Exercise - Forward Pass 4 24
Exercise Step II Material Messages 4 25
Step Exercises (General) 4 26
1967 February 7 Exercise 920 Charlie (State and Central District) 4 27
Exercise Charlie 920 4 28
1966 September 20 Exercise 920 - Commission Wide 4 29
1966 April 1 Exercise Spring Off 4 30
1965 Civil Air Patrol Annual Effectiveness Exercise 4 31
State Commission Exercise 4 32
1964 Exercise - Survival East and South 4 33
Sun Drum II 4 34
Exercise Blade 4 35
Checkerboard Exercises 4 36
Exercise Sun Drum II 5 1
Sun Drum II Observer’s Comments 5 2
Exercise Survival East (1) 5 3
Exercise Survival East (2) 5 4
1959-1960 Training Directive 5 5
1964 Survival East and South 5 6
Airlift Survival Exercise CAP 5 7
System Development Corporation - CD Training Program 5 8
Training 5 9
Training Centers 5 10
Training Courses 5 11
Training Center - Manhattan Beach 5 12
Training Exercise - State Directed 5 13
Training Letters No. 1 - 10 5 14
1962-1963 Training Program 5 15
Training Status Report 5 16
Training Program - University Extension Program 5 17
1962 March–April Training Seminar 5 18
Training Exercises - State Directed 5 19
Exercise Stir 5 20
Step V Exercise 5 21