Landslide Safety

Be aware that intense, short bursts of rain may be particularly dangerous, especially after longer periods of heavy rainfall and damp weather. The following steps should be taken in the above situation:
  • Stay alert and awake
  • If you are in areas susceptible to landslides and debris flows, consider leaving if it is safe to do so. If you must remain at home, move to a second story if possible.
  • Listen for any unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together
  • 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.
  • Embankments along roadsides are particularly susceptible to landslides. Watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flows if driving (see: Vehicle Safety).

Landslide Awareness

Landslides can occur very quickly and may leave little reaction time. But there are a few things to watch for that may indicate the threat of a landslide:
  • New cracks in pavement or foundations
  • Noticeable tilting of trees or utility poles
  • Broken water lines or other utility lines
  • Unusually frequent occurrences of rockfalls
  • Abrupt changes in stream flow
  • If you notice any of the above, call 911 to report your findings.