Effective Date: January 2020
Policy Owner: Library Director
In the event of an emergency situation, LTS personnel must assume responsibility for not only their own safety, but also for the safety of others in the building.
The emergency responsibilities include:
Despite attempts to cover every possibility and to familiarize and train staff with procedures, any emergency is open to unforeseen circumstances. It may be necessary in an emergency to rely upon your own best judgment as dictated by the circumstances.
Most buildings on a college campus are public buildings, even dorms. The library (along with the student union and Grumbacher) is a visible public building and could be considered a higher target. The library has open spaces and lots of windows which makes ‘hiding’ more of a challenge. The atrium and main floor is the most susceptible to injuries with an active shooter present. Drills are important and necessary to test our responsiveness but the truth is a ‘drill’ tells our brains there is no eminent danger as opposed to the real ‘thing’ when we sense and feel danger and therefore panic. When an active shooter is present in the library we cannot provide protection for everyone without endangering many lives trying to save lives; the most important item to remember is to take responsibility for your safety.
In the event of an active shooter incident:
IF campus security REPORTS to the front desk this means the shooter is NEAR or maybe in the library.
IF campus security does NOT come to the front desk area after the warning this means the shooter is not near or in the library but on campus.
Please assist those you see that may need help. Emergency exits should be used. (Are the two exit statements contradictory?)
If inside the building, wait for the all clear announcement to move out of protected areas. (Keep your cell phone silent and do not move or talk before then.)
If outside the building, wait for the all clear to move back into the library.
If the responsible staff member has any doubts as to the size or manageability of the fire, announcement and evacuation should take precedent over any firefighting. The building supervisors should be notified of the situation immediately.
Staff should trigger the fire alarm for ANY fire in the building. Fires and smoke can quickly become out of control and staff should always alert the proper authorities. Locations of fire alarms within the Library are identified with a Red Circle symbol on the Library Floor Plans.
After triggering the alarm, staff may elect to extinguish a small, contained fire (such as a wastebasket fire) using an ABC type fire extinguisher. Locations of fire extinguishers are marked with an X symbol on the Library Floor Plans.
If access to a fire alarm is not immediately possible, the staff member should notify the other staff using the best means available. An Intercom system is available at phones at the LTS Help Desk. A battery-operated bullhorn is also available.
The person reporting the fire should be prepared to report to the firefighting officials the location, size, and nature of the fire reported, as well as the location of the fire extinguisher in the area involved.
Medical emergencies fall into the two broad categories of life threatening (choking, heart attack, severe bleeding, etc.) and non-life-threatening (broken limbs, sprains, minor cuts, etc.)
In a life-threatening situation any available trained individual should apply immediate appropriate medical attention (such as CPR, Heimlich maneuver, etc.) and direct another person to obtain help following the 9-911 procedures outlined in “Contacting Outside Authorities” (need link) .
In all situations involving medical emergencies, Campus Safety should be notified by calling 717.815.1314.
Efforts should be taken by the building supervisors to keep the affected person calm and comfortable until Public Safety can arrive to take care of the situation further.
A first-aid kit is located at the LTS Help Desk.
Two automatic defibrillators are on campus. One is located in the YCP Campus Safety office and one is located in the Athletics Department. (Which ones are closest now? WPAC? Should we have one in library?)
Given the wide variance possible in physical size, physical strength, and mobility between LTS staff and patrons with physical challenges, evacuation of the non-ambulatory will no doubt call for best possible judgment on the part of LTS staff.
In emergency situations, check the following locations:
York College of Pennsylvania, 441 Country Club Road York, PA 17403-3651 (717) 846-7788 Copyright © 2018-