Emergency Procedures

In case of inclement weather, which prevents school from being held, the Library may also be closed. Whenever possible, a staff member will open when weather permits. The Director may announce closure on the radio–WJAG, US92, KNEN and KEXL.

If there is a tornado warning in which the town siren blows, the staff and any patrons will go to the storage room and wait until the warning passes. It is the patrons right to leave the premises during such an event. This only implies to patrons over the age of 18; if they are a minor they must stay in the storage room until the warning is over. The Staff will lock the door before they are lead to the storage room.

At the first indication of smoke or flame call 911, and then investigate the situation to determine location and extent of the fire. If the fire can obviously be contained and extinguished quickly and safely by staff, proceed to do so. Clear the building until an all clear has been given by the Pierce Fire Department.

Familiarize yourself with the type, location, and application of the fire extinguisher(s) in the building. Orient all staff and volunteers to this information.

Staff members should exercise caution when administering first aid of even a minor nature because of the safety of the injured individual, the safety of the staff, and the potential liability of the staff member. Without specialized training it is not advisable for staff to undertake more than keeping the sick or injured patron comfortable and protected from needless disturbance until medical help can be obtained. Since each case is unique, staff members should use their own judgement to do what is prudent and reasonable.

The Rescue Squad/Police (911) should be called immediately in case of any serious problem.

No medication, including aspirin, should ever be dispensed to the public. A complete report should be given to the City Administrator of the events leading up to any accident; either written or oral.

In case of bomb threats; keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask the caller to repeat the message and try to write down every word spoken by the person.

If the called does not indicate the location of the bomb or the time of possible detonation, ASK FOR THIS INFORMATION.

Pay particular attention to peculiar background noises such as motors running, background music and any other sounds which may indicate the location from which the call is originating.

Listen closely to the voice (male, female, voice quality … calm, excited … accents and speech impediments).

Immediately after the caller hangs up, call the police. Clear the building. The police will handle the actual bomb search.

Call police if sharp objects, dead animals, garbage, or any type of liquid that was purposely poured into the box is found. Please let the Director know if you find anything in the drop box