Rosalba Barbalace, Henry Charles, Libby Hart, Christine Ingram,, Bill Puglisi, Kristen St. John, Sandra Troy (chair and recorder), attended the March 21, 2003, meeting of the Libraries Health and Safety Committee in the Nicholas Rutgers Conference Room, Alexander Library; Jazmine Faherty, Donna Kessler, and Kelly Worth were absent.
The Committee received a letter from Jay Kohl, Executive Director for Public Safety acknowledging the Committee's letter to the University Police and Emergency Services for their outstanding service in providing support for the libraries emergency drills and particularly the work of Officer Swanetta Pitt. Kohl wrote "during these times when police are so often criticized it is gratifying to receive such a letter as yours." At today's meeting, the Committee approved the letter Donna Kessler drafted to Deputy Chief John Kovacs in recognition of the work of Les Barta and his colleagues who provided CPR training to over 50 RUL employees. Mr. Barta also presented an extensive presentation on the use and importance of Defibrillators in saving lives.
Despite budgetary constraints RUL will support CPR training, although it will not be possible to train large numbers of employees. Committee members will investigate who has been trained, who may desire re-certification, and identify key persons for training.
The Committee discussed preparedness for emergencies in this time of high alert. At Rutgers, see http://www.rutgers.edu/emergencyresources/and campus web sites for Newark and Camden: http://rutgers-newark.rutgers.edu/and http://camden-www.rutgers.edu/.
For U.S. government information, see the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Web site at http://www.fema.gov/ and http://www.ready.gov/. Ready.gov provide guidelines for individuals to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a communications plan with family members. We will add Ready.gov to page 2 of the emergency manual. At the very minimum, the committee suggests employees keep flashlights at their desks.
Also addressed was what to do if demonstrators enter the libraries. Page 27 of the Libraries Emergency Procedures Manual addresses demonstrations and advises the most important point for library employees is to stay low key and remain non-confrontational.
The Committee plans to arrange another round of emergency drills.
The next meeting of the Libraries Health and Safety Committee will be on Friday, April 25, 2003 in the Nicholas Rutgers Conference room, 3rd floor, Alexander Library at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be Video-Conferenced to the Robeson Library.