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If a suspicious object or package is found, call _______________ immediately.

If an evacuation is necessary, follow the emergency evacuation instructions in Chapter 2, "Disaster Procedures" in the Disaster Plan Workbook.

If a staff member receives a call reporting a bomb threat, he or she should remain calm and WRITE DOWN the answers to the following questions:

The staff member receiving the threat should carefully WRITE DOWN the following information:

While on the phone, the staff member should signal a nearby employee to call _______________ at once. It is _______________'s duty to notify all other appropriate individuals, including _______________, the Police and/or Fire Departments.

When the appropriate personnel are notified, they will make a decision to evacuate based on the following criteria:


Vandalism includes but is not limited to the following: damaging or defacing the library building, furniture or equipment; damaging or defacing library books, such as tearing out pages, tearing out sections of pages, stealing library books, writing in library books; eating in the library; and smoking in the library, including bathrooms and private study rooms.

To report cases of vandalism, contact _______________.

In the case of serious destruction of library materials or facilities, do not confront the vandal. Call _______________ from the nearest phone. Arrange a meeting place with _______________ in order to direct them to the area.


Collapse of shelving, or other structural accidents, such as the collapse of a ceiling or a wall, can be the results of explosions, earthquake, flood or natural deterioration.

When structural damage occurs, call _______________, who will assess the structural damage and/or call the Police or Fire Departments if necessary. After inspection, _______________ will determine when it is safe to entre the area. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER THE AREA UNTIL _______________ HAS INSPECTED IT.

In the event of a major shelving collapse, call _______________ immediately. Do not enter the area until the _______________ has inspected it; some items may still be unstable. If there are any medical emergencies, follow the procedures outlined in Chapter 6 "Medical Emergencies" in the Disaster Plan Workbook.

Before attempting to reshelve the damaged material, call _______________. Staff from _______________ will advise or assist in handling and reshelving damaged material after the shelving is made secure.


Many species of fungi and insects can damage library materials. Mold will discolor and weaken paper and bindings; insects such as cockroaches and silverfish attack paper, book cloth, starch paste, animal glue and leather bindings for their cellulose content; rodents such as rats and mice will also destroy many types of library material. Although the Library is fumigated on a regular basis to control insects and rodents, and the temperature and relative humidity are controlled to discourage mold growth, these problems may still occur.

All cases of rodent, insect and mold infestation in library material should be reported immediately to _______________. The affected material should be isolated as soon as possible from non-affected material using sealable polyethylene "zip-lock" type bags. _______________ and _______________ departments have a supply of these bags in various sizes. Extreme care should be taken in handling this material as it can be harmful to humans as well as library materials.

_______________ will decide if the damage can be handled in the library or if outside help is needed.

Rodent or insect infestations not affecting library material should be reported to _______________.


The decision to notify or render medical services should be made only by authorized personnel.

If someone is injured or sick and in need of emergency help, call _______________. _______________ personnel will then notify _______________ or other emergency services if necessary.

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