At my previous library job, we had police come in and talk with us about what to do in case a shooter entered the building. I had two plans - one if it was the morning/early afternoon and there were no teens in my room and two if there were teens in the room.
At my current job, it's a little bit harder. The floor plan is much more open and I have a few ideas, but I need to think more about it.
So I came up with a list of questions to think about:
- How long does it take police to respond to a 911 call? However long that is, is too long and so much can happen in that time frame.
- Is there a safe place to herd people towards?
- Is there anything I can do to slow things down?
- Do I make myself a target to save the kids in the room?
- What if I'm in the stacks and I don't have my cell phone on me, will there be someone else to make the call? And how much extra time will that add?
- Will the book stacks be enough cover if you crouch low enough?
- Where do you run to - how far away is safe enough and where do you meet everyone else?
- Does your library already have a plan in place? Are they working on one?
Are there other questions to ask?