Tornado Preparedness Procedures for Units in the Main and Undergraduate Library

Preparing Units:

 

Unit heads are responsible for ensuring that all personnel within their unit are trained about the Library’s evacuation procedures and the steps they should take to ensure the safety of their patrons and themselves. The table below lists actions that are the unit head’s preparedness responsibilities and a schedule of when they should occur.

 

Action

Schedule

Review Evacuation Procedures

Annually before start of tornado season (3/1 – 8/1) with all personnel; at start of any new personnel.

Review Safe Spaces Near Unit

Annually before start of tornado season (3/1 – 8/1) with all personnel; at start of any new personnel.

Check Flashlight/Radio Batteries

Monthly.

Designate Unit Responded and Alternate to Monitor Weather Situation as Needed

As Needed

 

Guidelines on Evaluating Safety of Evacuation Spaces

 

In addition to reviewing evacuation procedures with unit personnel, Unit Heads should evaluate nearby alternate locations to be used only when necessary. The table below lists designated safe spaces, provides a potential alternate, and lists identifying characteristics of spaces that should be avoided. Unit Heads should clearly communicate the location of safe alternate spaces to their personnel, but clearly articulate that these are only intended as points of rescue for disabled patrons and personnel or when no other alternative exists.

 

Space

Safe, Only if Necessary, or Avoid?

The Tunnel (between Main Library and UGX)

Safe

Basement - West Stacks

Safe

Enclosed stairwell - West Stacks

Safe

Interior offices or bathrooms not eliminated due to criteria below

Only if Necessary

Areas with windows

Avoid

Corridors with exterior doors

Avoid

Upper Levels – 4th floor; 10th Stack Level

Avoid

Any space opposite a doorway

Avoid

Under skylights or large open ceilings

Avoid

Near a swinging door

Avoid

Stairways with windows on the north side of the building.

Avoid

 

 

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