Love Library Emergency Procedures

The following document outlines the emergency procedures and responsibilities when Love Library needs to be evacuated. This situation could be the result of fire, bomb threats, tornado or power outage. Love Library patrons are encouraged to read and understand these, in case of an emergency.

It is each patron's responsibility to be familiar with the University alarms and the areas of evacuation or shelter. Patrons should make themselves aware of this knowledge in any building, not simply the University Libraries.

As such, the procedures listed here are only for the Love Library complex. Questions about the evacuation and/or shelter procedures for other libraries in the UNL system should be directed to the Circulation desk at the library branch in question.

TYPES OF EMERGENCIES

The University Libraries have designated four types of emergencies which require emergency procedures within the Love Library complex. These are:

  • Fire
  • Tornado
  • Power Outage
  • Bomb Threat

As such, the procedures listed herein are only for the Love Library complex. Questions about the evacuation and/or shelter procedures for other libraries in the UNL system should be directed to the Circulation desk at the library branch in question.

FIRE

The fire alarm is identifiable by its continuous ringing.

It is important to remember that the fire alarms in Love North and Love South operate separately. When the fire alarms sound in either Love South or Love North only that section of the building is to be evacuated. If the fire alarm were to ring throughout the building, procedures for clearing both sides of the building should be followed.

In case of fire/bomb evacuation, exit the building through the designated fire exits. Do NOT use elevators when evacuating the building.

Fire exits in Love South are located in the stair columns on the South side of the building and should be followed to the ground level.

Fire exits in Love North are located to the East and West sides, behind the elevator columns, and lead to stair columns which should be followed to ground level.

Procedures for Disabled Patrons for Fire/Bomb: If you need to evacuate, proceed to the nearest fire exit. Emergency personnel will search for individuals there first. If you see a staff member evacuating the building, notify them of your presence.


TORNADO

The tornado alarm is identifiable by an intermittent ring at six second intervals. The civil defense siren will be sounded only when a tornado has actually been sighted in the immediate campus area or when radar or civil defense spotters indicate the tornado is approaching close to the campus and offers an actual threat to the University community.

When seeking tornado shelter, proceed to the basements. Patrons should use main stairs to basement. Library staff will be available with flashlights and a radio in the basement. Wait for all-clear from library staff before coming upstairs.

If you have a medical condition which precludes entering the basement for extended periods (i.e.- asthma), please follow the procedures for Disabled Patrons.

Do NOT use elevators when seeking shelter inside the building.

Procedures for Disabled Patrons for Tornado in Love South Move to an area in the center core of the building; away from possible flying debris or broken glass.

Procedures for Disabled Patrons for Tornado in Love North If you need to seek shelter in the case of a tornado, proceed to the nearest restroom. If you are unable to enter the restroom, stay in the area adjacent to the nearest restroom (the restroom doors are not handicapped accessible). These are the safest areas inside the building, away from possible debris. If you see a staff member directing traffic inside the building, notify them of your presence.

POWER OUTAGE

Should a power outage occur in the building, the emergency lights in Love South will operate for approximately 30 minutes. Love North generators will keep lights on indefinitely. Patrons should be aware that they will need to leave the building.

BOMB THREAT

No signal has been designated for bomb procedures.

In case of an emergency evacuation, follow the procedures for Fire Evacuation. For non-emergency situations, please exit the building promptly through the main exit, as directed by library staff.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

If you have questions, comments or suggestions about the Libraries' Evacuation or Emergency Procedures, contact Deb Pearson, Circulation Librarian, dpearson1@unl.edu or 402-472-4260.