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.
- 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
Applied Technology Center (ATC), 151 Fountain St NE
Calkins Science Center, 226 Bostwick Ave NE
Second Floor: If necessary
College Park Plaza, 180 N. Division Ave
Cook Hall, 143 Bostwick Ave NE
Data Center, 140 Bostwick Ave NE
Ford Field House (FFH), 111 Lyon St NE
Lower Level Arena Side:
Lower Level Pool Side:
Learning Resource Center (LRC), 140 Ransom Ave NE
Mable-Engle House, 455 E. Fulton St
Main Building, 143 Bostwick Ave NE
Music Building (C)
Stewart Edward White Hall
Student Community Center (SCC)
Tassell M-Tec, 622 Godfrey Ave SW
Thompson M-Tec, 6364 136th Ave · Holland
Wealthy Learning Corner