Tornado Shelter Policy

Terms and conditions for use of the tornado shelter located in the basement of the Nevada Public Library.

Liability: The tornado shelter in the basement of the Nevada Public Library is provided by the Nevada Public Library, the Nevada Public Library Board of Trustees and Staff, and the City of Nevada as a service to the community. All persons entering this shelter do so at their own risk and agree to abide by the conditions of this policy. The Library, its Board of Trustees and staff, and the City of Nevada assume no liability for personal injury or property damage during the use of the Tornado Shelter.

 

Entrance: The Nevada Police Department will attempt to open the southwest door of the Nevada Public Library in the event of a tornado or severe storm warning.  They will then secure the facility after the warning has expired. The front door of the library will be locked while the warning is in effect, and no one will be allowed upstairs in the main part of the library during the warning period.

 

Areas of Safety: People are expected to stay in the basement and avoid the steps and landings.

 

Fire: The fire exit is the Tornado Shelter door at the southwest corner of the library.  The doors to the main part of the library will be locked.

 

First Aid: There is a first aid kit on the south wall of the basement next to the emergency lanterns.

 

Emergencies: A telephone is available in the basement for local emergency calls only.

 

Fire Extinguisher: An extinguisher is mounted on the south wall near the west stairwell.

 

Emergency Lights: Emergency lights mounted on the south wall of the basement come on during power outages and light both stairwells and the interior of the basement. Two portable emergency lights are mounted on the south wall in case of power outage. There are small flashlights hanging at the top of each set of stairs. 

 

Amenities: The basement of the Nevada Public Library is not ADA accessible.  There is no water or toilet in the library basement.

 

Pets: Pet owners are responsible for keeping any pets under control.

 

Conduct: All behaviors addressed in the Conduct in the Nevada Public Library Policy are in effect at all times including when the building is being used as a tornado shelter.

 

Policy Posting: This policy will be posted at the top and bottom of both stairwells.

 

Tornado Shelter Policy

Nevada Public Library

February 28, 2017