Yesterday’s incident in the Perry-Castaneda Library at the University of Texas is a sad reminder that a violent incident can happen in your library. Remember Step 2 of the 10-steps: Protect yourself, your staff, and your patrons. Do you have procedures in place for an active shooter? If so, have you drilled your staff on those procedures lately? Click on this link, http://www.virginia.edu/emergency/plan.html#violent, to view procedures for active shooter/violent person from the University of Virginia’s Critical Incident Response Plan. Also check with your parent institution.
The University of Richmond (Virginia) was locked down yesterday after library staff at the campus library reported a suspicious person. Click here for a report of the incident from the Richmond Times Dispatch. If you click on the slide show of the incident you will see a b&w picture of the person from a library security camera.
Here’s a mashup of media reports of incidents at schools in the United States and Canada. You’ll find news stories on incidents such as bus accidents, bomb threats, intruders, shootings, and campus lockdowns.
Here is a concise list of recommended lockdown procedures from Disaster Management, Inc. Note the part that during a lockdown you are not to evacuate if a fire alarm goes off.