Disaster Preparedness

Why Prepare?

Flood

  • University of Iowa, June, 2008
  • University of Hawaii, October, 2004

Tornado

  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, April, 2011

Fire

  • University of New Mexico, April, 2006

Active Shooter

  • Virginia Tech, April, 2007

Earthquake

  • Library of Congress, August, 2011
  • California State University, Northridge, January, 1994

Hurricane

  • Tulane University, Katrina, August, 2005

What do you hope to learn today?

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PREPARE so you don’t have to think

Establish your team

  • Include representatives from across the library
  • Authority to develop and implement the plan
  • Utilize multiple strengths

PLAN

Ask the experts

  • Consult the bibliography provided
  • Check out websites:

FEMA

Ready.gov

LOOK for experts on campus

  • Consult with your campus police
  • Talk with your fire marshall
  • See what others are doing.
  • Don’t plan in a vacuum

REVIEW AND REVISE

Start with your existing plan, (you probably have one)

Revising is easier than starting from scratch

ELEMENTS OF A PLAN

Include features of your building

fire extinguishers

emergency exits

elevators

stairwells

Places to “shelter in place”

ELEMENTS OF A PLAN

Plan for all emergencies:

Tornado

Water leak

Active shooter

Fire

Saving collections and people.

TOUR YOUR LIBRARY

Shut off valves for water

Identify air exchangers and find who on campus can shut them down in an emergency

Do your doors automatically lock in a “campus shut down” event?

Inventory emergency supplies

WAKE ALERT:

During an alert, the university will notify by:

  • Tone and message on outdoor speakers
  • Text messages
  • Phone calls to those who do not have text messaging
  • Banner message on university cable TV

FIND OUT ABOUT ANY EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM

911 Calling:

If you call 911 using a cell phone, you’ll get WS City Police who must then contact WFU.

On campus, call

758-5911 using a cell phone –or- simply 911 from a landline.

Include graphics for quick reference

Assemble emergency Kit

Go to kit that contains most needed items in an emergency

Publish

TRAIN

Train staff annually

Train students too!

Create a pocket sized emergency plan to distribute.

  • Identify your “FIRE” team in advance.

  • Everyone should evacuate the building immediately. The Fire team members are responsible for certain areas/floors

  • Those responsible should quickly walk through the assigned area then proceed outside

EVERY FIRE ALARM IS A TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

Know the location of fire extinguishers and how to use them

Fire extinguishers

Fire Extinguisher Training

PLAN TO REVISE the PLAN

The plan is never done.

Review and revise

Annually

After every event

“Our plan doesn’t sit on the shelf. In fact there is no shelf!”

  • Ensure area is safe and remove excess water
  • Assess extent of damage to materials

  • Don’t panic- you have time!
  • Disaster Committee and library administration should meet, survey the damage, and develop a recovery strategy

  • Damaged materials will be recorded, (collect barcodes by scanning into a spreadsheet) and stabilized until a detailed recovery can be developed

  • Box very wet materials and store in freezer

  • Slightly damp materials can be dried by fanning open the pages of the book

Drying books

by “fanning pages”

Wet Books Demonstration

Is there a volunteer to wrap and pack books?

Mary Beth Lock

lockmb@wfu.edu

(336) 758-6140

Craig Fansler

fanslerc@wfu.edu

(336) 758-5482

Questions?

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