Emergency evacuation of the Law Library may be required in case of any of the following situations:
- Bomb threat
- Civil disturbance
- Fire or sounding of fire alarm
- Natural disaster
- Power Failure
- Structural damage
- Toxic chemicals or fumes
- When instructed to do so by emergency authorities, Library, College or University officials.
- When, in the absence of instructions from the above personnel, a Library staff member, by direct observation, considers an emergency to exist that threatens the safety of the persons in the Library.
it is considered that an emergency situation exists that warrants the evacuation
of the Library and automatically activated alarms have not sounded, manually
activate the nearest pull station alarms.
In all cases, when there is doubt or disagreement about whether to evacuate -- EVACUATE.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES
Activate nearest fire alarm.
Exit from the Library should be made by way of the safest and quickest route as shown on the exit route maps . If an exit is blocked, use an alternate route.
Do not use elevators in case of fire (or any emergency situation that may result in a power failure). At other times, elevators may be used if it does not endanger personal safety.
of Mobility-Impaired Persons: If a person with mobility impairment is able
to exit the building without use of the elevator, evacuation should follow
an appropriate route out of the building. If exit from the building is possible
only by use of the elevator, the person should be escorted to the nearest
enclosed fire stairwell and instructed to remain there. Make sure the door
to the stairwell is closed. Enclosed building stairwells are "safe refuge
areas." Once outside, information about the exact location of the mobility-impaired
person should be communicated to emergency personnel. No attempt should be
made to carry a mobility-impaired person up or down stairs.
After exiting the building, Library staff will proceed directly to the Assembly Point (below) and remain there until all staff members present in the building are accounted for by the Disaster Action Team or Library/College Administrators.
In the parking lot on the north side of Helen St. directly north of the Law
College parking lot.
NOTE: If, for any reason, assembly at this point is not possible (i.e, location in use by emergency personnel, or proximity is dangerous), use the alternate Assembly Point at the southeast corner of Mabel St. and Mountain Ave. Staff are advised to use care in crossing Mountain Ave. to reach this point.
Staff should not re-enter the building until instructed it is safe to do so by emergency personnel.
After hearing the fire alarm, or upon notification to evacuate, Library staff members, as designated in the section below, will insure that all Library users and all other staff members are instructed to leave the Library and, if necessary, informed as to the proper exit route
During Regular Library Hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Responsibility for ensuring that the Library has been completely evacuated will rest with the following individuals:
MAIN FLOOR: Administrative Assistant (Schlichting) to be assisted when necessary by Library Director (Chiorazzi)
LOWER LEVEL: Disaster Action Team Leader (Genovese) to be assisted when necessary by Reference Librarian (Sandwell-Weiss)
Persons assigned to assist in the evacuation of the Library should announce that there is an emergency and that everyone is to leave the Law College building, and should attempt to keep the evacuation as orderly and calm as possible. As part of these responsibilities, the designated individuals will ensure the evacuation of any mobility-impaired persons in the Library, and will assist in directing users out of the building. In addition, these persons should check the following specific areas in the library for users and staff members: Study Rooms, Computer Room, Classrooms, Library offices, Restrooms, Special Collections, and Storage Area.
During Evening and Weekend Hours when a Reference Librarian is present, the Librarian and staff member on duty will, as best as possible, ensure the evacuation of the Library as specified above.
During All Other Hours when only a staff member is on duty, and when doing so does not threaten the safety of the individual, the staff member will direct evacuation of the Library and may attempt to enlist the aid of Library users in assisting in the evacuation.
When the evacuation of the Library is complete, all staff members assigned to assist in the evacuation should proceed to the Assembly Point, where Library Administrators will insure all staff members are accounted for.
If time permits before evacuation, and safety is not threatened:
all file cabinets
Turn off all electrical equipment
Close, but do not lock, all interior doors
Take only personal possessions before leaving the building
The Disaster Action Team Leader may also consider the removal of certain priority areas of the collections as the situation warrants, and may enlist individuals to assist in their removal.
COLLEGE OF LAW EMERGENCY EVACUATION. The following personnel are responsible for the evacuation of designated areas at the College of Law and the gathering of staff at the Assembly Point. NOTE: Exit Routes and Emergency Equipment in College of Law outside the Library are shown on the following maps:
Floor Exit Routes
Lower Level Exit Routes
Second Floor Exit Routes
1. Paula Nailon
2. Allie Nash
3. Brett Tripp
1. Sally Rider
2. Jeff Ratje
3. Marc Miller
1. Paul Bennett– first floor
2. Carolyn Coolidge– second floor
3. Melissa Tatum– third floor
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