Power outages are considered more of an inconvenience rather than an emergency. Many buildings have emergency lighting and some facilities have backup generators to power crucial building and laboratory systems. However, there are still procedures to follow.
In the event of a power outage:
Protective Services will decide whether to evacuate the building or not. They will also contact senior library administration to determine whether the library will remain open or closed.
Do not use elevators during a power outage. As a courtesy, encourage any students you encounter to only use the stairs. Library staff will also be taking care of this. If required, Protective Services will check elevators for people who may be trapped inside.
Most tutors will be within the Murray Library building so some of the following information is specific to Murray. If you're tutoring in another building, it would be wise to review that building's Emergency Response Plan for specific instructions and procedures. Most rooms should have a single-page evacuation plan with the locations of fire extinguishers, pull stations, and closest exit. These plans are often posted near room doors.
In a situation that requires it, extinguish a small, non-grease, non-chemical fire using a fire extinguisher with the PASS method.
If you see a fire:
Fire alarms are tested each month and activated for less than 10 seconds.
If the fire alarm sounds for more than 10 seconds, all people in the building must respond.
If you hear the fire alarm:
The Marshalling area for the Murray Library.
It is important to note that re-entry to a building following a fire or fire drill is not allowed, until permission is given by Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services, Saskatoon Police Service, Protective Services, the Chief Fire Warden, or a Safety Resources representative.
Other important factors to consider:
A lockdown is a general procedure initiated by a number of situations, including:
The AlertUs system is set to deliver alerts via text messages and emails to campus. The message will indicate if the lockdown is due to weather or to threat. You must be prepared to act quickly. If possible, keep your mobile phone with you.
In the event of a lockdown:
"There is a lockdown. Please come with me."
The general dos and don'ts with a lockdown are listed below.
Remember that your first duty is to protect yourself. Assist others only if it is safe to do so.