‘Dangerously Misleading’ Signs Remain on Hudson Valley Buildings
Many buildings throughout the Hudson Valley are not the safe havens they claim to be.
You've probably walked past those old Fallout Shelter signs plastered on churches, schools and other municipal buildings and never even gave them a second thought. But now, with North Korea talking about their nuclear button, some people have started to take notice.
The only problem is, these fallout shelters are useless.
The signs are left over from the Cold War, when the country was in fear of nuclear attack. Shelters were set up in basements of sturdy, brick buildings all over the country, stocked with food and supplies in hopes that people would be able to survive nuclear annihilation by staying indoors.
Food drums that were once stored in these shelters are either long gone or terribly out of date. And, unfortunately, modern-day nuclear weapons will pretty much melt those cinder block walls of your local Catholic school.
Officials in cities across the country, like New York, are finally realizing the need to remove these old signs, that some people believe could be dangerously misleading during a real nuclear threat. There is a fear that citizens may leave their homes in search of these shelters which are all but non-existent.
We've seen many fallout shelter signs still hanging throughout the Hudson Valley. Some people don't mind them, or even think they should remain, arguing that they are a part of our local history. Do you think these signs should be taken down? You can share your thoughts on our Facebook page or in the comments section below.