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The purpose of this plan is to provide information and direction to all employees and anyone else who may be in the Stewart Library in the eventuality of the following emergencies:

Armed Intruder Elevator Failure Medical Emergency Sex Crime
Bomb Threat Power Failure Suspicious Package
Earthquake Flooding Severe Weather Water Damage



WSU Crisis Hotline (Police)


Ogden City Public Safety


WSU Facilities Management

6331 (6693 after 5:00 p.m.)

Utah Poison Control Center




Call WSU Crisis Hotline at 6460, then notify the Library Administration Office.

Please fill out a Stewart Library Incident Report Form following any incident.

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1. If the intruder(s) are in your area:

a) Avoid antagonizing the intruder(s): Avoid eye contact. Avoid risks and heroics.
b) Do not defend the library: It is not your responsibility to act as a police officer. Resistance may only increase the destruction and bring about bodily harm to staff and patrons.
c) If possible to do so without detection, call 6460 or 9-911. Provide the following information, and remain on the telephone until released: 
    1)  Your Name, department, phone number, and current location
    2)  A brief description of the person or persons involved
    3)  Report the nature of the problem: How many people are involved? Does there appear
to be an obvious motive? What type of weapons have been observed?

2. If the intruder(s) are in another area of the building:
a) Call 6460 or 9-911 to report the intrusion.
b) If you can begin to evacuate the library without detection, contact staff and patrons via phone or personally. Direct them to exits located out of the view of the intruder(s).
c) If undetected evacuation is not possible, direct staff and patrons via phone or personally to an office, study room or area which can be secured. Lock the door(s). Turn off the lights and keep out of sight.

Armed Intruder(s)



Remain calm. BE COURTEOUS AND LISTEN TO WHAT IS SAID. DO NOT INTERRUPT THE CALLER. As they speak, record as much information as possible. Fill in the following as quickly as possible:

Time of call?
When will the bomb go off?
How much time is left?
Where is the Bomb? In what room?
What kind of Bomb is it?
What does the Bomb look like?

When the caller is finished speaking, INFORM THEM THAT THE BUILDING IS OCCUPIED AND THE EXPLOSION WILL CAUSE INJURY AND DEATH. Attempt to keep the caller on the line. Ask questions such as: Why is the Library being bombed? How do you know about the bomb? Why are you calling? What is your name? Make a note of the following as the caller talks:

VOICE CHARACTERISTICS: Loud; Raspy; Soft; Pleasant; Deep; Nasal; High; Intoxicated

ACCENT: Local; Foreign; Racial; Unidentifiable

SPEECH: Fast; Slow; Distinct; Distorted; Lisp; Stutter; Slurred

MANNER: Calm; Rational; Angry;Laughing; Coherent;Incoherent; Irrational; Serious

LANGUAGE: Poor; Fair; Good; Obscene; Profane; Abusive

BACKGROUND NOISE: Office machines; Factory machines; Music; Traffic; Trains; Planes; Animals; Voices


When the call terminates: 1) Call 6460 or 9-911

(Bomb Threat Checklist)



1. DON'T PANIC. The motion is frightening, but unless it causes something to fall on you, it is relatively harmless.
2. If you are indoors, stay indoors. Get under a desk, door frame, table or bench, or against an inside wall. Stay away from glass, out of stack areas and the central lobby. Do not use candles, matches, or other open flames either during or after the tremor. Do not be surprised if the electricity goes out.
3. If you are outside, move away from buildings and utility wires. Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.
4. Do not run through or near buildings. The greatest danger from falling debris is just outside doorways and outer walls.
5. If you are in a vehicle, stop as quickly as safety permits. Stay in the vehicle. The car will move a great deal but it is a relatively safe place to be.

1. Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of additional life-threatening injury.
2. If the building is severely damaged, evacuate it immediately (see: EVACUATION).
3. Do not turn on utilities, including light switches. Do not use any type of open flame for lighting purposes. If you smell gas, open windows and leave building. Do not re-enter building until officials say it is safe.4. Do not use telephones except to report an emergency: 6460 or 9-911




If another person is stranded in an elevator

1)    Assure them that help will arrive shortly. Let the person know the emergency phones in the elevator connect directly with the WSU Physical Plan
2)    Do not attempt to force the doors open.
3)    Call 6331 (WSU Facilities Management or 6693 after 5:00 p.m./weekends) to verify that the problem has been reported. If no answer, call 6460 or 9-911: Give your name, department and current location, a brief description of the person or persons involved, the nature of the problem.
4)    Wait for maintenance responder at the elevator.

If you are stranded in an elevator

1)    Remain calm, and offer assurance to others in the elevator.
2)    Use the emergency phone to call for assistance.  If the phone is not working, shout to draw attention.
3)    Do not attempt to force the doors open.
4)    Wait for assistance.

(Elevator Failure)



1. Activate the Emergency Alarms: The alarm system should detect most fires and automatically activate. If not, activate an alarm at a pull station. (Pull stations are located near exits and stairwells.)

2. CALL 6460 or 9-911. Provide the following information, and remain on the telephone until released: Your name, department, phone number, current location, exact Library location(s) affected.

3. Use of Fire Extinguishers: If the fire is small, you can fight it with a fire extinguisher or building fire hose once you've activated the fire alarm and called 6460 or 9-911. Be sure you use the proper extinguisher for the type of fire you are fighting. If you are not sure, read the instructions on the extinguisher. Remember to keep yourself between the fire and the nearest exit. You should familiarize yourself with fire extinguishers and pull stations in your immediate area

4. When Making an Emergency Exit of the Library: Feel doors before opening them. If a door is hot, don't open it-there may be a fire on the other side. If there is smoke, crawl to your exit. Cleaner air is near the floor. The last person out of a room should close the door. Help patrons and visitors locate exits.

5. Evacuating the Library: If the fire is large, very smoky, or rapid-spreading, evacuate the building immediately. Inform others in the building who may not have responded to the fire alarm to evacuate immediately. The alarm may not sound continuously. If the alarm stops, continue to evacuate. Warn others who may enter the building after the alarm stops. Do not use the elevators during an evacuation.

6. If your clothing should catch on fire: Do not run. Drop and roll to smother the flames. If you see someone on fire, use a coat, or blanket etc., to smother the flames. Do not use your hands to extinguish the flames.

7. If you become trapped in the Library: Go to an exterior window. All doors should be closed around you and sealed tightly to prevent smoke penetration (use drapes, coats, etc.) Wait at the window and signal for help. If there is no smoke outside the window, break the window to attract attention and call for help.

(Fire or Explosion)



1. Call WSU Facilities Management at 6331 (6693 after 5:00 p.m./weekends) to report the problem.
If no answer call 6460.
2. Post a staff member or post a sign at the entrance of flooded area to keep out unauthorized personnel.
3. If there is no danger of electrocution or other injury, move or cover materials and furnishings to prevent damage.

(Flooding and Water Leaks)



  • Call 6460 or 9-911. Remain on the telephone until released and provide the following information: Your name, department, phone number, current location, the nature of the problem, and a brief description of the person or persons involved.
  • Send someone to meet medics at loading dock door.
  • Remain with the victim until help arrives. If trained, appropriate first aid treatment should be applied. DO NOT EXCEED YOUR LEVEL OF FIRST AID TRAINING. Look for "Medic Alert" tags.

(Medical Emergencies)



  • Do not attempt to use elevators or descend unlighted stairways to exit. Remain calm and wait where you are for a few minutes. Advise those in your area to do the same. In most cases the power will be restored quickly.
  • Locate the flashlight(s) stored in your work area.
  • Call WSU Facilities Management at 6331 (6693 after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends). Provide the follwoing information, and remain on the telephone until released: Your name, department, current location, and the nature and extent of the problem.
  • If the outage last longer than a few minutes, use the flashlights to direct others to the main floor and the areas adjacent to the central lobby. Turn off electronic equipment.
  • If the power failure lasts longer than thirty (30) minutes, emergency closing procedures should be initiated: A) Announce that the library is closing. If necessary, use the flashlights to assist patrons to the exits; B) Check all floors, restrooms, study rooms, etc. and direct anyone in those areas to the main lobby for exit; C) When all patrons have exited, secure the doors; D) Initiate closing procedures for your area.

(Power Failure)



  • Remain in the building. If the campus is closed due to blizzard conditions, high winds or severe thunder storms, do not attempt to "beat the storm" home. Stay inside until it is safe to go to your car.
  • Locate a flashlight in preparation for power failure (See: POWER FAILURE). Monitor weather conditions via the Internet, radio (portable radio in Circulation Services) or television (in Special Collections). If lightning strikes seem near, turn off electronic equipment and do not use the phone.
  • During severe thunderstorm or tornado watches stay away from windows, skylights, glass doors, etc.
  • During severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings move to the lower level of the north wing, or take cover beneath a desk. Alert library patrons to do the same.

(Severe Weather)



  • Call 6460 or 9-911. Provide the following information: Your name, department, current location, the nature of the problem, a brief description of the person or persons involved.
  • Remain in the vicinity of the incident and wait for police to arrive. Identify yourself and be prepared to provide authorities with a statement.

(Sex Crimes)



1.   DON'T TOUCH OR MOVE THE OBJECT! Advise others in the vicinity to move away and to keep others away.
2.    Call 6460 or 9-911. Provide the following information, and remain on the telephone until released: Your name, department, phone number, current location, description of the package and why you think it may be an explosive.
3.    Meet police officers at the entrance to which you have directed them and once more identify yourself
4.    Calmly advise library patrons to leave the vicinity or, if necessary, evacuate the building. (See: EVACUATION)

(Suspicious Package)

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Updated September 15, 2005 . Please send comments to Chris Hauser, Emergency Preparedness Task Force Leader.
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