Follow these instructions if you are first to discover an emergency situation. Then, if Library collections are affected, follow the instructions below for ensuring safety before taking steps to halt damage to collections.


A. FIRE or other life-threatening emergency

B. WATER In reporting the emergency, remain calm, and provide the following information: 2. NOTIFY THE DISASTER COORDINATING TEAM

If collections are or may be affected, begin calling people on the Disaster Coordinating Team, starting at the top of the list, until one person is reached. (That person will contact the others.)

Click here for home telephone numbers.
Name Work
Paul Anderson, Library Administrative Services 6910
Susan Brynteson, Vice Provost and May Morris Director of Libraries 2231
Mary Durio, Preservation -- Head, Coordinating Team 0196
Susan Davi, Collection Development 6948
Susan Maguire, Preservation 6919
Chad Maring, Library Facilities  6940
Tim Murray, Special Collections 6952
Nancy Nelson, Access Services 8135
Craig Wilson, Collections 6908


Do not enter the affected area until in has been determined that is safe to do so. If the Fire Department is called, they will be in charge of deciding when staff may re-enter the building. In a Water emergency, potential dangers include electrical shock, and exposure to sewage, chemicals, and mold.

To ensure safety in a Water Emergency:

*Library staff do not have access to electrical or water shut-offs. Public Safety should contact Facilities (for nights and weekends, Emergency Maintenance) to shut off the electricity or the water.

Contaminated Water

If you are responding to a water emergency but have not determined the source, remember that the water could be contaminated. If you are handling affected collections or working in the wet area, wear protective clothing. Rubber gloves, safety glasses, and protective jackets are in the Disaster Trunks located in Circulation, the Mailroom, and outside the Women's Room near Preservation on the Lower Level.

Standing Water

If there is standing water on the floor, there is a risk of electrical shock. Do not enter the area until the electricity has been turned off.


In a Water Emergency, turn off the water supply if you can identify the source and can shut it off,


Shield library materials from the source of water by:

Trunks containing Disaster Supplies are in Circulation under the light panel, the Mail Room, and Preservation Room 013.

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