Families were urged to stock their basements with water, canned food, clothes, sanitation supplies, first aid kits and battery-powered radios.
When Cuba fired on some U.S. planes, 14,000 U.S. Reservists were called up and folks begin to get nervous. The phones at the County’s Civil Defense office were ringing. The Pope even asked for a cool down.
It all ended that Sunday night when President Kennedy and the secretary general of the United Nations reached an agreement with Nikita Kruschev. They would take down their offensive weapons in Cuba and we would never invade Cuba. We also agreed, but it was not made public until later, that missiles in Turkey and Italy would be dismantled.
It also lead to a hotline between Moscow and Washington.