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Emergency preparedness: How to stay safe in a flood

Floods are the most common natural disaster in Michigan, according to the Michigan State Police’s Michigan Hazard Mitigation Plan. They can be caused by rain, ice jams, snow or overflows from dams or other waterways.

Any area can flood. LCC's Downtown Campus, in particular, is in the flood zone for the Grand River and for the Moores Park Dam, if it were to fail. During a flood at LCC, be sure to follow instructions given by LCC Alerts to your phone and email, Public Address announcements, and emergency personnel.

Watch this video to learn more about emergency response at LCC, including evacuation processes.

Be sure to protect your home or apartment from floods as well, using these tips from

  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels or higher shelves. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
  • When driving or walking, do not try to pass through flood waters. Just one foot of moving water can sweep away a vehicle.

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