Minor injuries include falling down the stairs, small cuts, sprained ankles, etc. In the event of a patron receiving a minor injury, notify a staff member or building manager. They will then complete the following steps.
Major injuries include freely bleeding wounds, broken limbs, heart attacks, or any other type of medical emergency. In the event of a patron receiving a major injury, notify a staff member or building manager immediately. They may ask for your help as they complete the following steps.
Weather notifications will be broadcast on the radio in the Circulation workroom. Listen for any announcements over the radio or the Madison County weather sirens and notify a staff member or building manager of the warnings.
In the event of a severe thunderstorm warning or a tornado warning (not watch), a staff member or building manager will open the shelter in the sub-basement. Workers will display the emergency shelter signs (which can be found in the workroom). There must be at least one library worker in the shelter at all times. The staff member or building manager will then make an announcement to the library notifying patrons of the situation. Patrons are welcome to take shelter in the sub-basement, but you cannot force someone into the shelter or force them to stay in the library.
Once the shelter has been opened, the worker staying there should use the phone provided to call Public Safety, informing them of the event. Public Safety will call the phone in the sub-basement when the warning is over.
Walkie-talkies are located in the Circulation staff desk drawer and can be used to communicate with the worker in the sub-basement. A flashlight is located on the desk beside the microphone.
All patrons and workers are to remain in the designated shelter space in the sub-basement at all times. It is the worker's responsibility to ensure the safety of all patrons during this time. Wandering around the sub-basement is dangerous.