Disaster Site Checklist
The first member of the Disaster Recovery Team on-site should first ascertain the situation is active or post-event. If the situation is active (that is, the fire is still burning or the water is still gushing, that person should work through steps in "First Person On-site - Active event in progress" first and then proceed to "Post-Event Scene Instructions".
First Person On-site - Active event in progress
If the situation is active, that is, the fire is still burning or the water is still gushing, that person should do the following:
- Notify the police, fire department, emergency paramedics, and Physical Plant Trouble Truck as required. Safety is the primary concern. Emergency procedures for fire evacuation should be followed.
- Police & Fire - Dial 911
- Physical Plant - Dial 517.353.1760, 7:30-5pm weekdays; Dial "0" for emergency service at other times
If needed, assist in evacuating scene. Do not re-enter scene until situation has been judged safe. Do not endanger yourself or your staff.
Make yourself known to DPS, fire personnel, and Physical Plant workers on scene.
- Call Circulation 517.355.2333. Have them notify Main Office.
- Lines of Authority
Post-Event Scene Instructions
These instructions assume that the structure has been rated safe for entry by non-emergency personnel.
Until additional staff arrive, the first person should undertake the following:
- Call the Disaster Recovery Coordinator and the Preservation Officer if not already present.
- If in a Branch, notify appropriate branch staff and administrators. station.
- Establish a command/control/communications station.
- Secure the perimeter of the affected area from unauthorized entry. Use yellow perimeter tape available from DPS, Physical Plant, or from Library Stores.
- Delegate the following tasks as help arrives:
- Secure the perimeter.
- Call the members of the Disaster Team.
- Reconnoiter and assess the extent of the problem.
- Bring/obtain a copy of the Disaster Manual on-site.
- Formulate a plan of action to determine activity priorities and immediate supply requirements.
- Obtain the list of rare/valuable/fragile materials for the site you are working at. These materials should be addressed first.
- Obtain supplies from the Disaster Recovery Storage Closet located near the Beaumont Tower. Inquire at Circulation Desk. Fans, wet-dry vacs, etc. may be appropriated from other areas of the library as required.
- Appoint person to meet and direct staff and supplies.
- Set up teams to sort and deal with different material types - i.e. books, maps, papers, computers.
- Establish a production line to handle different types of materials.
- Train volunteers on the spot.