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When we work in a library, we all have a common goal for our patrons and for our library staff…that we have created a safe space and place for all. And because of the rules, policies and procedures we have put into place, we assume that we will be safe. We even tell ourselves “Nothing serious has ever occurred in or around the area of our place of employment.”

Yet, we hear of an incident occurring in the most unexpected places, including public and academic libraries. Places that we at one time, we believed that our loves ones would be safe. In this interactive and informative webinar, we will look at how the basic knowledge of our facilities can give us an upper hand before and if an incident were to occur.

Attendees will learn what to be aware of in their facilities, including:

Location of fire extinguishers, First aid kits / AED
Emergency exits
Responding to emergency situation
General facility awareness
Understanding what is considered suspicious or not

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Original broadcast May 3, 2018


Ulises Sanchez ~ Biography

Ulises Sanchez has had an exciting & educational career history, starting with a 10 year career in the US Army as a transportation specialist. After the Army Ulises turned to retail & worked for nationally known health food store, as sale staff & moving up to manager. During this time Ulises learned about the importance of good customer service & how important it is to earn the trust & respect of patrons. Next stepping stone in Ulises career path was private security. Ulises is currently a VA license UNARMED security professional & first responder in gate community, where he started as an officer and now is the Director of Security & Emergency Response Coordinator.

As a security professional, Ulises has responded to incidents involving undermined medical problems to full cardiac arrest, he has also dealt with disruptive & suicidal person(s), structure fires, construction & vehicular accidents. In 2014 Ulises became a volunteer instructor in First aid, CPR & AED (Adult, child, infant) as well Basic Life Support for Health Care providers, for a nationally known organization. As Director of Security & Emergency Response Coordinator, Ulises understand the importance understanding where help is coming from, knowing what tools are available, where they are located & how to use them.