The following table provides a list of Rescube kit and Red Totes emergency recovery supplies
kept in various library units on campus.
Immediate Response: Assess and Report
Always remember to never put your safety or the safety of others at risk.
Be alert for broken or exposed electrical wiring.
Do not enter standing water.
Quickly Assess the Situation
- Note exact location and extent of damaged area
- Is there an active leak and what is the water source (is possible to determine)
- Is the water clean or dirty
- Are collections being harmed or in immediate risk
During normal business hours? Notify the Office of Library Facilities at
After 5pm or on a weekend? call Facilities and Services at 333-0340; at prompt
select “1”, state name, and wait for transfer to non-emergency Public Safety Dispatch
Emergency Contacts List for Unit Libraries specific contacts.
If anyone is injured or in danger call 911 (MEDCAT)
Red Tote Disaster Supplies Kit
Rescube (aka React Pak) Disaster Supplies Kit
Secondary Response: Protect the Materials
Cordon off the area to prohibit the public from entering.
If a water leak is small or localized in a small area, remove books in direct path of leak or
In the event of an overhead leak, cover ranges of books onto which water is falling with sheet
plastic which is located in your unit's emergency supply kit. Water-absorbent pillows and socks
(PIG brand) are located in all red totes. Please consult a supervisor or Preservation staff if you
need further information on using these items or if they are missing from your disaster supply
Know where your emergency supplies are.
Know who to contact in the event of a water disaster.
What NOT to do in the case of a water disaster:
NOT open or close books.
NOT light candles or other types of flames for lighting.
NOT separate single sheets.
NOT apply pressure to wet books.
NOT wipe off mud or dirt.
NOT remove book covers or separate materials. Do NOT disturb wet file boxes,
prints, drawings or photographs.