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Disaster Plan

Warsaw Public Library Emergency/Disaster Plan Board Reviewed/Approved 11/13/2018 & most recently 2/14/2023

130 North Main St., Warsaw NY 14569 585-786-5650


  • Keep the Disaster Plan available in appropriate locations,
  • The staff and director need to be aware of its location and contents.
  • Review and update the plan regularly. (Names, addresses and telephone numbers of personnel, service providers and government offices.)
  • Keep internal fire doors closed.
  • Maintain fire alarms, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, etc.
  • Keep access to exits, fire equipment, electrical panels and plumbing valves clear.
  • Store valuable records/materials in fire/water proof areas.
  • Keep storage cabinets doors/drawers closed when not in use.
  • Maintain a disaster kit and update the emergency supply inventory as needed.
  • It should include:
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rubber/latex gloves
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Roll of plastic
  • Tape (duct)
  • Scissors
  • Zip-Lock bags
  • Snack Food and Water
  1. Building Evacuation
  2. The building should be evacuated whenever remaining in the building becomes   dangerous or upon the request of governmental authorities.
  3. When evacuating persons with disabilities, ask how you can help before giving     assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
  4. Get the attention of a person with a hearing disability by touch and eye contact and clearly state the problem. Gesture and pointing are helpful, but be prepared to write a brief statement if the person does not seem to understand.
  5. Do not grasp a visually impaired person’s arm. Ask if he or she would like to hold onto your arm as you exit, especially if there is debris or a crowd.

2. Fire Emergency

At the first indication of smoke or flame, investigate the situation to determine the location and extent of the fire.

  • Pull Nearest Fire Alarm (3 located inside at  front door, side door, & fire exit door at back of building)
  • Call 911 (Fire alarm is connected with local fire dept.)
  • Evacuate the building, checking the restrooms and elevator.
  • Elevator emergency door key and fire alarm box key are labeled and located in the back of the cash box.
  • Close the doors and windows if it can be done safely
  • Wait outside for the fire department
  • Do not re-enter the building until the Fire Department says it is safe to return.
  • Call the library director and Board President

3. Health Emergency

Staff member should exercise caution when administering first aid, even of a minor nature, because of the safety or the injured individual and the potential liability of the staff member. Without specialized training, it is not advisable for the staff to undertake more than keeping the sick of injured patron comfortable until medical help can arrive. Staff member should use their own judgment as to what action is prudent and reasonable. No medication; including aspirin, should ever be dispensed to the public.

  • Call 911
  • Call the library director/if unavailable, call board president
  • Call parent/guardian it’s a minor
  • Fill out an accident report

4. Snow Emergency

Closings are at the library director’s discretion or the board president.  If he/she is unavailable the staff should use their own judgment

5. Severe Storms

  • Close all exterior doors and windows
  • Shut down the computers
  • Prepare for a power outage

6. Tornadoes

  • Do not leave the building. Shut all exterior windows and doors it there is time.
  • Go to the basement or an interior room.
  • Prepare for a power outage

7. Flooding

  • Shut off the water valves, sprinkler valve or the electric to the pump                         (located and labeled in boiler room)
  • Call the plumber
  • Call the library director, town board liaison and board president

8. Bomb Threat

If by phone:

  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible.
  • Ask: the call to repeat the message and try to write down every word he/she says. If the call does not indicate the location of the bomb, or the time of possible detonation, ask for this information.
  • Pay attention to peculiar background noises, such as motors running, music, or any other sound that 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.
  • Call 911
  • Evacuate building

If in person:

  • Evacuate building
  • Call 911

9. Biohazard

  • Leave the Suspicious substance where it was found.
  • Do not take any action that might spread it to another area
  • Call 911
  • Evacuate the building

10. Infestation

  • Leave the Suspicious substance where it was found.
  • Do not take any action that might spread it to another area
  • Call 911
  • Evacuate the building

11. Local/National Emergencies:

  • Monitor the new and follow any instructions given.
  • Call the library director and or board president
  • Evacuate the building or remain in a safe area of the building

Contact Information

Library Director: Lisa Gricius

Board President: Pete Robinson

Town Board Liaison: Travis Jones

Warsaw Town Hall: 585-786-2800

Town Supervisor: Rebecca Ryan

Highway Dept. Town: 585-786-2427

Village Office: 585-786-2120

Highway Dept. Village: 585-786-2120

Police: (911) 585-786-2000

Fire:  (911) 585-786-2468

Insurance Company: Harts

Plumbing, Heating & Air: Harding’s

Pest Control: Ask Director. No contract with any service at present.

Electrical: Beardsley

Wyoming County Emergency Services: