Civil Defense Signage
by Ryan Crierie

NOTE: The basic font that I found after much searching which yielded the closest match to the lettering used on the Civil Defense Fallout Shelter signs was Headline One, a freeware font. You can download it from this website by clicking on this link.

FALLOUT SHELTER SIGNS

The most common sign used by Civil Defense (of which many are still around) were the two signs introduced by the Department of Defense on December 1, 1961. Both signs were to mark federally recognized shelter locations.

Exterior Sign, Type I; 14” x 20” aluminum 0.025" thick with partially reflectorized surface. Used to signify that the building had a shelter inside.
Interior Sign, Type II; 10” x 14” galvanized steel 0.018" thick with partially reflectorized surface. Used to mark routes inside a building to the shelter and the shelter itself.


Basic Sign (Click on image for larger 600 x 857 pixel version)

In each set of signs, an adhesive overlay package was included to help mark the signs below the words “FALLOUT SHELTER” to better clarify the shelter's location; or in between the lower two triangles of the radiation symbol to indicate it's intended capacity.


Arrows (Scaled for the large 600x857 pixel sign)


Capacity Decal (Scaled for the large 600x857 pixel sign)


“In This Corridor” Decal (Scaled for the large 600x857 pixel sign)


“Starts Here” Decal (Scaled for the large 600x857 pixel sign)


“In Basement” Decal (Scaled for the large 600x857 pixel sign)

Number Decals
Arranged in Original Order as on sheet(s)
(Note: Fonts on them aren't accurate; but this will do until I can obtain
a real one for high resolution scanning)


Combining all of these pieces results in the following shelter sign:

Telling you that a shelter with space for 1,400 people is in the basement of this building; and to find it, follow the arrows (e.g. go through this door, up these stairs) of the interior signs.