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Tornado Evacuation Procedures

In the case of a tornado incident, the goal of Grand Rapids Community College employees is to minimize physical injury and increase the possibility of survival. By familiarizing ourselves with the Tornado Evacuation Procedures, we can meet this goal.

Moving persons from higher floors to lower, windowless areas of GRCC buildings enhance our chances for survival. Individuals with mobility impairments should immediately report to alternative shelter areas, avoiding the use of the elevators.  Small, interior and windowless rooms such as restrooms or corridor areas may be used.  Avoid windows, parking ramps, catwalks or pedestrian walkways.

  • A Tornado Warning is when a tornado is actually spotted in the area.
  • A Tornado Watch is when conditions may result in a tornado.

Resources

 

  • The Kent County Civil Defense sirens will provide the primary warning of a tornado. GRCC will react when the sirens sound regardless of news and social media information on on possible dangers.  If the sirens sound, we will evacuate to shelter.
  • Sirens are tested at 12 noon on the first Friday of each month.
  • Faculty members should inform students of the tornado warning, turn off the lights, take class roster books with them, direct students tot he appropriate shelter area and close the doors.
   
 

GRCC Tornado Shelter Locations

 

Administration Building, 415 E. Fulton St

  • Basement Shelter

 

Applied Technology Center (ATC), 151 Fountain St NE

First Floor:

  • Rooms 139-152 (excluding 142b and 149) and adjoining  corridor
  • Auditorium
  • All Banquet Rooms

Second Floor:

  • 214,221,224,242,244,247

 

Calkins Science Center, 226 Bostwick Ave NE

First Floor:

  • Rooms, 105, 106, 118, 122, 123, 125, 127, 133, 138, 139

Second Floor: If necessary

  • Rooms, 228, 232, 241, 242, 243

 

College Park Plaza, 180 N. Division Ave

  • Basement-mechanical room through door #110

 

Cook Hall, 143 Bostwick Ave NE

  • Restrooms and windowless offices or classrooms in G-1 and G-2 Main
  • Hallways and interior rooms in G-1 and G-2 Main, specifically room numbers: 3, 8A, 8B, and 14 (Paint Shop)
  • If necessary rooms 112, 114, and adjacent hallway

 

Data Center, 140 Bostwick Ave NE

  • Restrooms, hallways and interior rooms in G-1 and G-2 Main, specifically room numbers: 3, 8A, 8B, and 14 (Paint Shop)

 

Ford Field House (FFH), 111 Lyon St NE

Lower Level Arena Side:

  • Locker Rooms 102, 105, 106, 107, 108, men’s restroom

Lower Level Pool Side:

  • Free weight room corridor

First Floor:

  • Restrooms
  • Room 212
  • North Corridor between Gym and Pool

 

Learning Resource Center (LRC), 140 Ransom Ave NE

  • Room 123

 

Mable-Engle House, 455 E. Fulton St

  • Basement

 

 

 

Main Building, 143 Bostwick Ave NE

  • Restrooms and windowless offices or classrooms in G-1 and G-2 Main
  • Hallways and interior rooms in G-1 and G-2 Main, specifically rooms: 3, 8A, 8B and 14 (Paint Shop)
  • If necessary first floor hallway and interior rooms

 

Music Building (C)

  • Any first floor practice room
  • Studios 1 (Room 138), 2 (Room 137), and 3 (Room 134)
  • Rooms 101, 113, 116, and  136

 

Sneden Hall

  • Cafeteria-room 111
  • Hallway between cafeteria and I.T. offices

 

Spectrum Theater

Main Floor:

  • Green Room (Room 112)
  • Hallway

Lower Level:

  • All Rooms

 

Stewart Edward White Hall

  • Basement Shelter

 

Student Community Center (SCC)

First Floor:

  • Restrooms
  • East Hallway
  • Farside Room (Room 25)
  • Inner offices of Student Life (Rooms 20, 22, 23)

Second Floor:

  • Multipurpose Room (Room 234A and 234B)

 

Tassell M-Tec, 622 Godfrey Ave SW

  • Restrooms located on the south side of the building near room 103 and room 124
  • Exit hallway located near room 110
  • Room 155 located in the Welding Lab

 

Thompson M-Tec, 6364 136th Ave · Holland

  • Restroom inside high bay area
  • Interior office space connected to 100 And 102
  • Interior classrooms 105, 107, 109

 

Wealthy Learning Corner

  • Basement Shelter