Reeseville Public Library


Do not panic, but do not under-estimate the potential danger to customers or staff represented by a fire. At the first indication of smoke or flame, investigate the situation to determine location and extent of the fire. 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 and then all parties are to evacuate the building.

Familiarize yourself with the type, location, and application of the fire extinguisher(s) in the building. Orient all staff and volunteers to this information.

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. Without specialized training it is not advisable for staff to undertake more than keeping the sick or injured patron comfortable and protected from needless disturbance until medical help can be obtained. Since each case is unique, staff members should use their own judgment to do what is prudent and reasonable.

The Rescue Squad/Police (911 if available) should be called immediately in the event of any serious problem.

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

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 particular attention to peculiar background noises such as motors running, background music and any other sounds which may indicate the location from which the call is originating.

Listen closely to the voice (male, female), voice quality (calm, excited), accents and speech impediments.

Immediately after the caller hangs up, call the police. Clear the building. The police will handle the actual bomb search.

Snow storms

The Library may close (or postpone opening) when weather conditions exist making it highly improbable for travel.  The primary factor of any decision made will be the safety of the staff and the library patrons.  However, maximum effort will be made to maintain regular library operating hours.

If hazardous road conditions occur, the library director will inform the Library Board President (or Vice President, in the event the President is unavailable) of the situation.


In the event of a tornado warning (i.e. a funnel has been sited) the village siren will sound the warning.  Library staff will check the weather report in order to determine the location of the storm.  The staff will then close the library and inform patrons of the situation and give them the option to seek shelter of their choice or to proceed to the Village Hall with Library staff. Normal routine may resume when the all-clear sign is given by local authorities.

Approved by the Reeseville Public Library Board of Trustees on this __21st___ day of___July______, 2020.