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Emergency Preparedness: "Shouldn't we fix that?"

Vulnerability and Hazards Assessment

Potential Hazard

Vulnerability

Risk

Recommendation

No emergency exit in Current Periodicals/ Microforms area

building evacuation

moderate

Request that an exit be constructed. In the mean time, alert staff of need to direct patrons to main lobby exits or through Bibliographic Services to the loading dock.

Newspaper Shelving

earthquake

high

Confirm that it is bolted to wall.

Current Periodicals Shelving

earthquake

high

Bolted to floor, but not cross braced. Request cross-bracing.

Lack of pull-alarm in Current Periodicals/ Microforms area.

Building evacuation

moderate

Request that one be installed.

Lack of fire extinguisher in Current Periodicals/ Microforms area.

Fire

moderate

Request that one be installed.

Shelving behind Circulation desk. Could block emergency exit through Bibliographic Services or cause injury to personnel

earthquake

high

Bolt and cross-braced.

Security gates could impede emergency exit

building

evacuation

moderate

Alert staff to clear area around gates in an emergency so that all doors could be used for exit.

Overhead sprinklers could cause water damage to collection materials

fire

moderate

Alert staff to location of plastic sheeting and procedures for dealing with water leaks and flooding.

Mats at entrance to main lobby

general

high

secure or replace

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