The National Civil Defense Agency, through the Army Corps of Engineers, conducted a survey of college buildings to determine appropriate spaces for nuclear fallout shelters.  Soon after, signs denoting shelter spaces appeared around campus.  The college’s general manager, Louis Brega observed, “Apparently because of the advanced state of our civilization, fallout shelters have become a safety requirement.  The college, therefore, feels that it has an obligation to make every effort to provide suitable shelter areas as a part of our overall safety program.”
President Blanding, although ambivalent about the necessity of such shelters, postulated that the signs "might do some psychological good.'" The designated areas included certain sections—usually basements—of residence halls, Main Building, the Library, all academic buildings, the infirmary, the Boiler House and Alumnae House.     The Miscellany News