To provide instructions to be used during emergency evacuations for the protection and safety of all patrons and City employees in the Richmond Public Main Library.
This plan is designed to handle evacuations of the Richmond Public Library. This plan is subject to change either by written or oral directive through the Building Warden when certain emergency conditions exist. The plan is prepared for emergency evacuation arising from:
b) Bomb Threat
c) Civil Disorders
d) Storm, Hurricane, Tornado, etc.
f) Seismic Event (earthquake)
g) Power Failure
h) Other threats to the safety of life and property
The emergency evacuation organization is comprised of the security officer, building warden, department warden, and alternate department warden where needed.
a) A Building Warden will be designated for the entire building.
b) A Department Warden and the Alternate will be designated for each department in the building.
c) A Security Officer will be available to assist with the orderly emergency evacuation.
a) Formulate and publish a plan for orderly evacuation.
b) Distribute the plan to all members of the organization and plan classes to insure clear understanding of the provisions of the plan by all. Periodic classes should be held to train Department Wardens in evacuation procedures, use of firefighting equipment, and procedures for evacuating handicapped patrons.
c) Select from personnel in each department to serve as Department Wardens and alternates.
In the event of an emergency necessitating the evacuation of the Richmond Public Library:
Building Warden – will notify the Department Wardens starting with the warden nearest to the source of danger. The Building Warden will be positioned at the circulation lobby area to take reports from Department Wardens confirming that their departments have been evacuated and coordinate with Fire officials as to the areas of emergency, fire, or otherwise. If special assistance is needed to help patrons with physical, visual, hearing, and/or other challenges, the Building Warden will coordinate and direct aid to those individuals.
Department Warden/Alternate Warden – has absolute authority over all personnel assigned to his/her department and will supervise the evacuation of their individual departments with particular emphasis on assistance to handicapped persons. When the alarm is sounded, the Department Warden will oversee the orderly evacuation of all patrons and personnel in their area. The Department Wardens will check restrooms, meeting rooms, and the storage rooms in their immediate areas.
All Department Wardens/Alternate Wardens will meet with the Building Warden in the main lobby before leaving the building to give a verbal confirmation that everyone has been evacuated in their department . If assistance is needed for evacuating a handicap patron in a wheel chair or with physical, visual, or hearing challenges, please contact the building warden or security officer immediately.
Security Officer – will be positioned at the main entrance on the portico to prevent patrons from entering the building during the emergency evacuation process. The Security Officer or a designated staff person will stay at the front entrance to ensure that the building remains closed to the public until the Fire Department or other emergency personnel has determined that it is safe for the staff and patrons to return to the building. When the emergency responders arrive, Security will direct the emergency personnel to the Building Warden who will assist with identifying the source of the emergency. For example, the light on the Fire Alarm Panel behind the Circulation Desk will indicate the general area where the faulty smoke detector is located. The control switch panel box for the Fire Alarm System is located in the mechanical equipment room in the basement, or the first door on the left in the corridor leading from the Auditorium to the Special Collection Room.
In the lobby area and/or by the elevator on each floor there shall be posted a map of the floor plan with emergency exits on each level. A list of the Building Warden, Department Wardens, and Alternate Department Wardens along with telephone numbers will be posted at the information desk.
EMERGENCY COORDINATORS :
|Department||Warden||Contact #||Alternate||Contact #|
|Administration||Shatabra Powell||804.646.4514||Gianna Pack||804.646.2547|
|General Collections Young Adult Room||Tara Franzetti||804.646.1508||David Kilmon||804.646.7223|
|Law Library||Meldon Jenkins-Jones||804.646.6500||Patricia Parks||804.646.5177|
|Computer Lab Staff Lounge – 2nd fl||Nand Agaram||804.646.2415||Delta Macklin||804.646.2551|
|Children's||Otis Pryor||804.646.4768||Patricia Parks||804.646.5177|
|Circulation||Sheila Tyler||804.646.6686||Cynthia Jones||804.646.4867|
|Technical Services Mezz Stacks – 1972 Wing||Donna Talley||804.646.7658||Cynthia Truesdale||804.646.2557|
|Building Warden Special Collection Room Auditorium Channel 98 Studio||Patrick DeRoche||804.646.3440||Simms Toomey||804.646.1510|
|Basement Stacks – 1972 Wing Stacks-Dooley Wing||David Kilmon||804.646.7223||Lynn Vandenesse||804.646.3407|
|DPW Maintenance||Lawrence Winn||804.646.5990||Ron Middleton||804.363.9099|
Approved: September 2006
Revised: July 2007
Revised: January 2008
Revised: February 2012
Reviewed: September 2018