American Civil Defense Association

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The American Civil Defense Association
Founded 1962 [1]
Focus Civil Defense, Emergency preparedness
Area served
United States
Key people
Jay Whimpey, P.E., President [2]
$155,275 (2008)[3]

The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA) is a member supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, civil defense-focused organization founded in 1962. Its primary focus is to educate its membership on emergencies, both manmade and natural disasters through various resources.[4][5] The organization operates the free TACDA Academy and prints a periodical called Journal of Civil Defense.[6] TACDA also sells emergency supplies, such as dosimeters, water purification equipment, emergency rations, and CERT equipment.[7][8][9]

In a letter dated October 19, 1988, then sitting president Ronald Reagan praised the work of TACDA.[10]


  1. ^ Professor Patrick S. Roberts (2013). Disasters and the American State: How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Public Prepare for the Unexpected. Cambridge University Press. p. 93. ISBN 1107025869. 
  2. ^ "TACDA Board of Directors". Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  3. ^ "AMERICAN CIVIL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION". GuideStar. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  4. ^ "About The American Civil Defense Association". Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  5. ^ John Brighton. Natural Forms of Defense Against Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Threats. Trafford. p. 26. ISBN 1553695933. 
  6. ^ "Journal of Civil Defense". Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  7. ^ Dee Garrison (2006). Bracing for Armageddon: Why Civil Defense Never Worked. Cambridge University Press. p. 230. ISBN 0195183193. 
  8. ^ Swedin, Eric G. Survive the Bomb: The Radioactive Citizen's Guide to Nuclear Survival. Zenith Press. p. 27. ISBN 0760340315. 
  9. ^ "TACDA Store". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  10. ^ The Journal of Civil Defense. Florida: TACDA. December 1988. 

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