University of Texas at Arlington Central Library Central Library Emergency and Disaster Procedures

The purpose of this project is to ensure the preparedness of UTA libraries staff and faculty to respond to internal and external threats that may impact our ability to provide customary services. Currently, the UTA campus has a business continuity plan and emergency procedures, but the Libraries do not. To address deficiencies, our safety programming goals include training for staff and faculty to activate and respond to shelter-in-place, evacuate, lockdown, CPR, and Stop the Bleed during times of emergency. Designated safety captains receive training first, then library staff and faculty. Once the library personnel is trained, American Heart Associations Friends & Family CPR and Stop the Bleed training will be delivered to the UTA community at large through interdisciplinary partnerships between the UTA Central Library, UTAs College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Parkland Health & Hospital Systems Trauma Outreach Education Center, UTA Police, Arlington Police Department, Arlington Fire Department, and other community partners. While we work toward these goals, we are also assessing our capacity to mitigate damages and improve our resilience to recover from an adverse event. The UTA Libraries will utilize NNLM resources such as the Disaster Information Management Research Center DIMRC, Disaster Lit, PubMed, and Medline for community outreach efforts. We will centralize crucial information provided by NNLM that will be used during all phases of a disaster or emergency. Finally, our outreach efforts will incorporate strategies from and FEMA to help individuals within our community prepare themselves for emergencies and disasters. Our community partners for that phase of the project are our Kinesiology and Public Health School.

Project Details

Organization Name

University of Texas at Arlington - Library

Organization Type
Academic institution
Project Lead

RaeAnna Jeffers

Start Date
May 1, 2019
End Date
April 30, 2021
Funding Amount
Educator, K-12
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Health care Provider
Library or Information Professional
Student, College & Post-grad
Blacks/African Americans
Hispanics/Latin Americans