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Dallas CSP Cover The Community Fallout Shelter Plan

With the surveying, marking and stocking of shelters all around the country, communities had to have a way to inform the citizens of where their nearest Fallout Shelter was located. The Office Of Civil Defense devised the Community Shelter Plan, or CSP, to serve this purpose. Towns and cities all over the United States started publishing and distributing their CSPs to the public.

The CSPs issued to the public were usually in the form of a small booklet or newspaper type publication. The CSPs that I have seen are in three different formats. The newspaper type supplement seen here in the Dallas CSP and below with the Fort Worth CSP is one type. Another type is the booklet format seen below with the Waco/McLennan County and Lane County CSPs. The third is the fold out map style seen below with the Scurry County CSP. The format depended on the size of the municipality covered by the CSP. Larger cities used the newspaper style, medium size cities used the booklet and small towns used the fold out maps style of CSP.

I have shelter plans in my collection from towns as small as a few hundred people on up to large cities. For example, here is the Dallas County, Texas Community Shelter Plan. The standard CSP consists of maps of the county or town with shelter locations marked on the maps. The building name and addresses of the shelters are listed along with the map on the page. The main purpose of the CSP was to allocate people in areas of the community adjacent to shelters to specific shelters. This Dallas CSP is probably the best I have seen. You can see details of how the CSP is laid out below.

Dallas CSP Map Example

Area C MapThis map is one of 7 maps in the Dallas CSP. The Dallas CSP has the county divided in to seven sections. This map shows the part of Dallas County where I grew up. The yellow highlighted sections of the map designate areas of the county covered by shelter spaces. In other words, if you lived in the yellow highlighted area you had a designated shelter you were to go to in case of attack. If you lived outside the yellow area you didn't have a designate community shelter to go too and were advised to improvise some type of Fallout Shelter in your home. On the map, the numbered red circles are the shelters. The Shelter List below shows the numbers with the name of the building with the shelter and the address. As far as I know all of these buildings that were designated as shelters, except one, are still there as of 2013.
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Shelter Map Instructions
Shelter Map Shelter List

At the bottom of the "Area C" page are "How To Use This Map" and the "Shelter List." I cropped them individually because the page was too large to scan at the time.
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Dallas CSP ReportDallas City-County CSP Report
This document is a copy of the original engineering report of the Dallas CSP. The entire process of putting together the Dallas CSP is explained in this report. The engineering firm used census data, traffic data and various other pieces of information to develop the CSP. The document is several hundered pages of maps and shelter lists and is about an inch think. It was from this report that the condensed booklet above was finally published. See PDF File Below.

Dallas City-County Community Shelter Plan PDF Files
In mid-2013 I finally got around to scanning the Dallas CSP Engineering Report and the publicly released Dallas CSP and put them into a PDF file format. The engineering report doesn't include the shelter location maps because they fold out to about double page size and wouldn't fit my scanner. The public issued version I scanned for the PDF file is a scaled down greyscale copy of the original Dallas CSP. I forgot I had the scaled down copy or I would have scanned it long ago. It would be nice to have the color version scanned but scanning the maps in sections and piecing them together would take more time than I have.


This is the 1971 release of the Fort Worth / Tarrant County Community Fallout Shelter Plan. It was released as a supplement to the Fort Worth Star Telegram newspaper. There is an earlier version of the FWTC CSP but it's a bit more confusing than this 1971 version. I'll try to get images of it and include it here along with this version eventually. I didn't have an easy way to image this copy because the pages are so large. To scan them in sections and piece them together would take forever so I simply took photos of each page with my camera. I think they turned out ok although they aren't scan quality they are readable.
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1971 Fort Worth CSP Cover Page 1
1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 2
1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 3
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1971 Fort Worth CSP Page 15
1971 Fort Worth CSP Back Page 16


This is the smallest CSP I have seen yet. It's printed on both sides of a standard letter size sheet of paper. There are no other shelter locations shown in the county outside the town of Snyder. I can't remember where I got this one. I probably got it from an Ebay seller.
Click image to see larger or here for the PDF file.     Scurry County Texas CSP PDF File

This CSP for Waco / McClennan County, Texas is the most colorful CSP I have seen so far. Dated July, 1967. The image sizes vary somewhat. The pages that are mostly text are a little smaller than the map pages.
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County Map

Waco City Map

Inset "A" - Downtown Waco

Inset "B" and "C" - Baylor Univ. and V.A. Hospital

Evidently there were a few standard formats that the CSPs were issued in. This Lane County, Oregon CSP is the same overall format as the Waco CSP seen above. This Lane County CSP is dated Mid-1968. Click thumbnails to see larger. Large image size is 185kb to 2.6Mb file size.

Texas Fold Out Map Style Community Shelter Plans
Scans of the other side of the maps coming soon.
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Cooke County, Gainesville, Texas CSP

Denton County, Denton, Texas CSP

Fannin County, Bonham, Texas CSP

Gillespie County, Fredericksburg, Texas CSP