Your Emergency Preparedness Guide!
During an emergency, observe the following guidelines:
- Do not use elevators. If you are on an elevator, get off at the next floor immediately.
- Keep calm, do not show panic or agitation.
- Do not run.
- Issue directions calmly but firmly.
Familiarize yourself with all emergency exits in all areas where you work. If you are away from your department, follow the appropriate emergency procedures for exiting the building. Do not return to your department. Security is responsible for clearing office areas not occupied by Library staff, areas used as study rooms, the student lounge, the Computer Labs, and the staff lounge. Security is also responsible for clearing and locking staff and public elevators and for clearing all floors including stacks and individual study carrels.
Although there are many types of emergencies, we have designated 4 types of emergencies that require procedures within the Library premises which are fire, power failure, threatening behavior/condition, severe weather and other emergencies.
Type of Emergencies
Familiarize yourself with the location of fire extinguishers and alarm pulls before a problem occurs. If you detect a fire before an alarm is activated automatically, activate the alarm and evacuate the building. You may attempt to extinguish a small fire with an extinguisher yourself after an alarm has been activated, but be careful not to place yourself in danger.
Should a power outage occur in the building, the emergency lights will activate. You should be aware that you may need to leave the building.
The staffs on duty will attempt to determine cause of failure, then consult with the Head of Services regarding evacuation. If the building is to be evacuated, the same evacuation routes established for Fire should be used. Security will prevent anyone from entering the building. Library staff should assist patrons by directing them with flashlights which are kept on hand in each office area. It is the responsibility of each department to check the flashlights periodically to be sure they are in working order.
Public Safety will be notified and will assist with the evacuation of any handicapped individuals who require assistance.
Notify Access Services immediately if a bomb threat is received. Access Services will notify Public Safety. Public Safety is responsible for determining if the building is to be evacuated. If evacuation is required, Access Services will notify departments, following established procedures. Public Safety will provide assistance with the evacuation of any handicapped individuals who require assistance.
When a warning is issued by sirens or other means, have everyone move to the hallway outside the program room’s back door
Stay away from outside walls and windows.
Use arms to protect head and neck.
Remain sheltered until the tornado threat is announced to be over.
Be ready to evacuate and climb to the upper floor
Move everything up to top of bookshelves and tables that can be moved safely i.e. books on lower shelves, free magazine bins, & items stored on lower shelves.
Monitor conditions and send patrons home if conditions are threatening
Staff close library and go home, if possible, if not find a safe place to go to wait out the storm and snow removal. (Director’s home is about 7 blocks away.)
Library will remain closed until county declares travel to be safe.
If blizzard is underway, Stay indoors!
Get the assistance of one of the persons from your area who has taken a first aid training course. If you do not know how to administer first aid, you may do more harm than good.
An injured person should not be moved except by trained rescue/medical personnel unless the victim is in danger of further physical injury or death by remaining in his/her original location.
Never presume that death has occurred. Get assistance from one who know CPR. Call UUM Emergency (049284444)
Look for MEDIC ALERT tag with standard physician's symbol. This tag may be located around the arm, the neck, or in a wallet. The presence of this tag indicates special medical problems.
Do not approach the victim if the hazard of shock is still present. Secure the area. Attempt to remove the source of the shock if possible with insulated material (dry, wooden broom handle, etc.) or open the electrical circuit at the main breaker. Start CPR and summon ambulance.
Drug & Psychiatric Emergencies
Don’t argue with anyone who appears to be experiencing a drug or psychiatric crisis. Be alert to the possibility of violence. One staff member should engage the person in conversation and patiently listen while another calls the police and the Director. A lone staff member should call emergency personnel for assistance. Attempt to continue talking with the person until help arrives.
Different emergencies require different protective actions to keep people safe. The unpredictable nature of emergency situations requires quick action and clear thinking to avoid injury. These are the guidelines for protecting yourself during most emergencies, but will not provide an absolute solution for every circumstance. During an actual emergency the university and first responders may supplement these procedures with detailed instructions via our emergency communications protocols. Any specific instructions given during an incident are to take precedence.
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