You may have heard about a tragic shooting incident at the Clovis, NM public library yesterday. (http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/29/us/new-mexico-library-shooting/index.html )Greg and I discussed this first thing this morning to make sure our plan was in place.
We have no reason to suspect anything like that would at TSCPL but it is always a good idea to go over the expected responses to something like this when it is fresh in our minds.
Law enforcement still recommends the best response to an active shooter is:
Run Hide Fight
If something happens and you can safely get away from the area and out of the building, that should be your first response. IF, you can assist members of the public and other staff, and still be safe, please do so. If the public will follow your lead, that is great, but you do not have time to waste arguing with them about what to do. Your personal safety should be your primary concern. As soon as you are safe, report anything you know to the police and library security so they can use that information.
If you cannot run to safety, find a place to hide. Turn off your phone so it doesn’t make noise and give away your hiding place, do anything you can to block doors, barricade yourself in place. If you can hide with members of the public and other staff, please do so. Again, your personal safety is your primary concern. Do not come out of hiding until you are confident that it is safe to do so.
If you have no other option, then it is best to fight. Use chairs, books, anything at hand to attack the person and defend yourself.
If you have questions, please check with Greg Gaul, Safety and Security Manager