Anyone who grew up during the Cold War, probably remembers doing drills in school that were created to prepare us for a possible nuclear attack. Which was a terrifying thought to live with constantly sitting in the back of your mind. Kids were being trained to "duck and cover" in the case of a nuclear attack.

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Developed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration program in the 1950s during the height of the Cold War, duck and cover drills did not represent an effective method of protecting the American public from a potential atomic fallout. However, the drills constituted an effective strategy for protecting against more traditional weapons used by the Soviet Union at the time, which included traditional bombs and mortars.

Just when we think those days are long gone, it may be time to bring back the duck and cover drills in school. With multiple wars currently being fought as well as several cold wars, the world is just as dangerous now as it was post-WWII.

With technology making missiles capable of larger and more accurate devastation, it is even more scary to think that one of our Montana cities ranks high on the list of possible nuclear targets.


We already know that Montana holds a giant chunk of the US nuclear arsenal. This could be a big reason why a certain Montana city ranks so high on the list of possible targets. Some may think large metropolitan areas like LA, Chicago, or New York would be obvious targets. But, if it came to strategic targets, Great Falls would easily be flattened.

Daily Mail dug up statistics on possible nuclear targets in the US. If a foreign enemy were to launch a nuke, where would they strike first?

Out of 15 cities in the US, Great Falls ranks number 13th on the list of cities most at risk of nuclear attack.

According to the Daily Mail

Montana is also a nuclear sponge, being home to hundreds of hidden missile silos and launch facilities. But the report looked closely at Great Falls because it is six miles from Malmstrom Air Force Base, one of three facilities that maintains nukes in the US. With 2,614 people per square mile, experts predicted an attack would leave 17,920 dead and 22,920 injured. Great Falls was also ranked 14th worst in evacuations.



With a population of just over 60,000 people, Great Falls would be nearly wiped out by a targeted nuclear strike.

The top 5 cities most at risk are:

  1. Washington DC
  2. New York, NY
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Los Angeles, CA

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