What to do before a Landslide?

  • Do not build near steep slopes, close to hill/mountain edges, near drainage ways, or natural erosion valleys.
  • Landslides occur where they have before, and in identifiable hazard locations. Ask for information on landslides in your area, specific information on areas vulnerable to landslides, and request a professional referral for an appropriate hazard assessment of your property, and corrective measures you can take, if necessary.
  • Have flexible pipe fittings installed to avoid gas or water leaks, as flexible fittings are more resistant to breakage.
  • Plant ground cover on slopes and build retaining walls.
  • In mudflow areas, build channels to direct the flow around buildings.
  • Try to perceive Landslide warning signs.

What to do During a Landslide?

  • Stay alert and awake. Listen to a radio or television for warnings of intense rainfall. Be aware that intense, short bursts of rain may be particularly dangerous, especially after longer periods of heavy rainfall and damp weather.
  • If you are in areas susceptible to landslides, consider leaving if it is safe to do so. Remember that driving during an intense storm can be hazardous.
  • Listen for any unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together. A trickle of flowing or falling mud or debris may precede larger landslides. Moving debris can flow quickly and sometimes without warning.
  • If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and for a change from clear to muddy water. Such changes may indicate landslide activity upstream, so be prepared to move quickly. 
  • Be especially alert when driving. Embankments along roadsides are particularly susceptible to landslides. Watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flows.
Powered by Drupal, an open source content management system