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There were several possible private shelter designs to build both underground and overground in such areas as the basement or your backyard.
Instructional manuals and Tv shows demonstrated to the american public how to build them as a do it yourself project.

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The Family fallout shelter
by the United States. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization (1959)
One Nation Underground: The Fallout Shelter in American Culture
By Kenneth D. Rose

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