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In all cases of emergency, KEEP CALM.  The emergency phone number is 911.  All exits are clearly marked.

  1. Fire
  • Evacuate the building immediately and call the fire department at 911
  • A fire extinguisher is located by the front door of the library.  If the fire can obviously be contained and extinguished quickly and safely by staff, proceed to do so.  However if there is any doubt about whether the fire can be controlled, immediately call 911 or the fire department.
  • In case of water damaged books, secure plastic bags to enclose books and secure freezer space to freeze books dry.
  • The library director, substitute employees, and volunteers should be oriented as to the type, location, and application of the fire extinguishers in the building.


  1. Bomb Threats

Keep the caller on the line as long as possible.  Ask the caller to repeat the message and try to write down every word spoken by the person.  If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or the time of possible detonation, ask for this information.  Pay attention to peculiar background noises that may indicate the location from where the call originated.


Immediately after the caller hangs up, call 911 and clear the building.


  1. Tornado/Tornado Warning

Everyone in the building should go the basement and close the doors.  There is a flashlight and battery operated weather radio available in the bottom drawer of the library director’s desk.


  1. Health Emergencies

Staff members should exercise caution when administering first aid of even a minor nature because of the safety of the injured individual and the potential liability of the staff member.  The staff member should keep the sick or injured patron comfortable and protected from needless disturbance until medical help can be obtained.

Call the Rescue Squad at 911 immediately in the event of any serious problem.

No medication, including aspirin, should ever be dispensed to the public.






The Cushing Community Library and the City of Cushing hereby declare it to be their policy to comply with the most current copyright law, Title 17, U.S. Code, Sections 101-810, and with all amendments and regulations implementing the law.  Library and city employees or patrons who violate the copyright law are liable for their own actions.






Adopted by the Board of Trustees:  03/13/07

Reviewed/Revised:  07/13/10;07/09/13;06/14/16

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.