February 28, 1942

Coastal Areas To Be Dimmed at Night
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night, director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) John M. Landis issued a blackout edict for all vulnerable coastal areas along the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as the Gulf of Mexico. The blackout policy encompasses lighted advertising signs, store window displays, and other similar illumination that cannot be quickly extinguished in the case of an attack or alert. Landis stated, in part, “…it is vital that this step be taken to insure effective, immediate, total blackout of these vulnerable communities in case of air raids.” The reception to the OCD order has been mixed. In Maine, the governor will issue blackout regulations on Monday. In contrast, Vice Mayor Walfred Lindstrom of Saint Petersburg, Florida, stated “…no official word had been received here.”

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