Northland Public Library is a public service organization and will make every reasonable effort to remain open during posted hours. The decision to close the library under adverse conditions rests with the Executive Director, and in the Executive Director’s absence will fall to the staff member listed under the Chain of Command or in the absence of all the above, the senior person on-site.
Directives issued by the national, state or local governments will be adhered to by the Library.
We use the North Allegheny School District weather related closings as a guide to make our decision. If you hear that North Allegheny is closed or has a delay due to road conditions, it means pay attention to the below-mentioned communication channels, because we MAY also have a closing or delay, but we do NOT automatically follow the school’s decision.
Generally, if we have heat, we do not close or delay due to extremely cold temperatures.
A decision for an additional delay or closing of the Library will be based upon several factors that may include:
- General condition of the roads
- Projected forecast for worsening conditions
- Conditions of the Library’s parking lot and walkways
- Availability of staff to open and operate the Library
- A state of emergency for the immediate area declared by local, county or state law enforcement agencies.
If we have a weather-related closing or delay, there are many ways employees and the public will be notified. They include:
- E-mail and text alerts are sent out to staff
- KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI TV stations are notified and a listing specific to Northland Public Library should be seen on those stations and their websites. We do not have control over how and when they post this information.
- Notice is posted on the Homepage of our website
- Notice is posted to our Facebook and Twitter accounts
- The recorded greeting on the library phone will be changed to relay the closing information
- When staff can get to the library (maintenance or other) signs will be posted on the upper and lower level doors.
- We also do our best to contact outside groups who have reserved the meeting rooms, but they are also advised to check the public notifications.
If the building loses electrical power, the emergency lighting system should activate. The system will provide up to 30 minutes of lighting. Staff should request that patrons complete their transactions and exit the building. If the emergency lighting system does not activate, evacuate the building immediately. Staff should make certain all patrons have left and then remain in the building. If power is not restored at the end of 60 minutes or the normal closing time (whichever comes first), the building should be closed. The Senior Staff person should notify the Executive Director that the building is closing, if he/she is not on site.
For emergencies other than weather or power outage, staff will maintain operations if the safety of the staff and public are not endangered.
If Closing the Building:
- Contact all staff scheduled to arrive at a later time.
- Place appropriate signage at each entrance.
- Follow normal procedures to close building. If closing due to a power outage, please remember to turn off equipment you might have been using and all light switches.
- Follow normal procedures to close out cash registers, unless the closing is the result of danger such as fire and similar situations (in extreme emergency situations or in case of no power lock the register).
- Send closing messages to television stations.
- Change closing message on telephone to reflect emergency closing.
If the closing decision is made prior to 2:10 p.m. on a day when the North Allegheny schools are in session, contact the North Allegheny Senior High School, the North Allegheny Intermediate High School and the Carson Middle School and request they announce our emergency closing on their afternoon announcements. If the decision to close is made after 2:10 p.m., but prior to 2:50 p.m. contact the Carson Middle School and request they announce our emergency closing on their afternoon announcements.