There is nothing worse than a badly administered civil defense program unless it is no civil defense at all.
Radiation is not a supernatural force. Even the neutron bomb can be shielded against. Radiation can't penetrate rock and overhead cover. Even in the worst scenario, a little radiation ain't gonna kill you. It's a lot of unrelenting radiation that finishes you off.
Teaching people to simply reconcile themselves to the fact they will die from the bomb is nothing less than criminal stupidity in government officials. It's the blind leading the deaf and dumb.