Learning Resources Services

Tornado and/or Severe Weather Warning Procedures

Tornado and/or Severe Weather Warning: When tornado and/or severe weather sighting occurs, the National Weather Service alerts all weather stations and local authorities. If a tornado and/or severe weather is approaching, the warning will be signaled by a sounding of city emergency sirens. Public Safety will also call the Circulation Desk to alert the Miller Center . In addition, weather radios and flashlights are located in the Dean's office, Help Desk and at the Circulation, Reference and the 2nd East Computer Lab services desks.

The circulation staff will be the designated coordinator for implementing emergency procedures. In absence of circulation staff, the reference librarian will act as the designated coordinator. This includes, but is not limited to, Saturday from Opening to Closing and on Sunday from Opening until the Night Supervisor reports for duty.

Circulation Desk: 308-3083
Reference Desk: 308-4755

Coordinator or designee should use the public address system to make announcements for tornado and/or severe weather warnings. All student workers should be directed to assist in the procedures.

  • System is located inside glass case behind wooden Circulation shelves.
  • Directions for using the system are posted.
  • Scripts to read for typical emergencies are in a red folder by the glass case.

In case of a tornado and/or severe weather warning, patrons should be directed to designated shelter areas, which are located in the basement or interior walls of lower floors. Stay away from all windows and exterior doors. Elevators may be used, and individuals with mobility impairments should be assisted to the nearest elevator.

After patrons are directed to seek shelter in designated areas, LRS staff are responsible for sweeping parts of the building to be sure all patrons are in safe areas (see table). During tornado and/or severe weather warning situations, the building is considered closed and the library lobby doors will be closed. Signs will be posted indicating designated shelter areas. Public Safety should be called (308-3333) if patrons refuse to go to designated safe areas.

Tornado and/or Severe Weather Warning - Sweeping MC

DIRECT EVERYONE TO BASEMENT AREAS

Miller Center Wing Building Area Work Area Responsible
M-F day
Work Area Responsible
Nights / Weekends
1st West Periodicals Reference Circulation
  Reference Area Reference Circulation
  Study Court Circulation Circulation
  Restrooms Circulation Circulation
  Main Lobby Doors Circulation Circulation
  Access back area Circulation Circulation
       
2nd West Reading Court Collection Management Computer Lab Desk
  Collection Management Collection Management Area Staff Responsible
  Staff Lounge Collection Management Area Staff Responsible
  Study Rooms (2nd) Collection Management Computer Lab Desk
  Holocaust Center Holocaust Center Holocaust Center
  Computer Satellite Desk Collection Management Computer Lab Desk
  Restrooms Collection Management Computer Lab Desk
       
2nd East Computer Lab IMS/CTUS Computer Lab Desk
  Classrooms – 206, 207, 218 IMS/CTUS Computer Lab Desk
  Restrooms IMS/CTUS Computer Lab Desk
  IMS back area IMS/CTUS Computer Lab Desk
  Study Rooms IMS/CTUS Computer Lab Desk
  Video Editing Room IMS/CTUS Computer Lab Desk
       
3rd West Computer area Collection Management Computer Lab Desk
  Archives Collection Management Areas Staff Responsible
  FCTE Collection Management Areas Staff Responsible
  Stacks Collection Management Computer Lab Desk
  Group Study Rooms Collection Management Computer Lab Desk
  Restrooms Collection Management Computer Lab Desk
       
1st East Coffee Shop Dean’s Office Reference
  MC 102 Dean’s Office Reference
  Offices – 108, 118, 110, 112 Dean’s Office Area Staff Responsible
  Auditorium Dean’s Office Reference
  Restrooms Dean’s Office Reference

Approved by LR&TS Dean’s Advisory Council: December 4, 2002
Last reviewed: December 4, 2002
Last revised: June 14, 2005

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