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December 16, 2017
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Library Board Policies - Shelter in Place Policy

The library board has developed this policy to support and empower staff to take action in an emergency situation.  Delay or not responding in a timely manner during emergencies could result in an increased risk of injuries.  The in-charge staff member is encouraged to declare a Shelter in Place and if necessary, to call for the appropriate emergency assistance (911) if he/she feels that the safety of the public or staff is in jeopardy.

Shelter in Place is a different from a Lockdown response. The in-charge staff member will declare a Shelter in Place as a result of an external situation which may or may not be related to the library (e.g., an environmental situation such as a chemical spill or an extreme weather event in the neighbourhood). Depending on the nature of the event, patrons and staff may wish to seek shelter within the library. However, unlike the Lockdown, patrons would be directed to a safe part of the library but are not locked in. The in-charge staff member will monitor the situation and will consult with emergency services personnel as needed. Patrons and staff will be asked to stay inside the building until the situation is considered safe.  As with other emergency situations, it is not possible coerce members of the public into staying in the building should they wish to leave.

Approved:  May 14, 2014