civil defense


Definition of civil defense

: the system of protective measures and emergency relief activities conducted by civilians in case of hostile attack, sabotage, or natural disaster

Examples of civil defense in a Sentence

She's in training to be part of the local civil defense. the head of civil defense

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The email/text/fax subscriptions have also been recently enhanced by the addition of cellphone notifications, which can also be used to transmit information about severe weather or civil defense to users in specific areas. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Amber Alert for cops in danger makes its test debut in Minnesota," 15 Aug. 2019 Mannheim police said Saturday that volunteer firefighters from two nearby towns and a local civil defense team took part in the salvage operation, but an estimated 12,000 euros ($13,330) worth of beer was lost in the crash late Friday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "10,000 bottles of beer on the road: German truck loses load," 3 Aug. 2019 Jalisco state's civil defense agency began working at dawn to clear ice from the streets, said Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro. NBC News, "Summer hail storm in Guadalajara, Mexico, buries cars, damages houses," 1 July 2019 The Saudi civil defense directorate said one person had been killed by shrapnel from the attack, which damaged two houses. Matthew Lee,, "Pompeo kicks off Mideast leg of first trip as top US envoy," 28 Apr. 2018 Tamaulipas immigration and civil defense officials have toured shelters beginning weeks ago to warn against attempting to cross the river, said to be swollen with water released from dams for irrigation. Peter Orsi, The Denver Post, "A grim father, daughter border drowning underlines peril facing many migrants," 26 June 2019 The joint statement from SAMS and the civil defense said medical centers had taken in more than 500 people suffering breathing difficulties, frothing from the mouth and smelling of chlorine. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says 'big price to pay' for Syria chemical attack," 8 Apr. 2018 The civil defense office published photos of a burning but relatively intact plane lying on its belly in a field. Fox News, "Airliner crashes in northern Mexico; no deaths, 37 injured," 31 July 2018 The state civil defense office published photos of a burning but relatively intact plane lying on its belly in a field. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Mexico airliner crashes and burns, but all aboard survive," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of civil defense

1939, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of civil defense

: a group of people who are not part of the military but are trained to protect and help people if an enemy attacks their country or if there is a natural disaster (such as a flood or earthquake)

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