Warning signs of Landslides:
- Doors and windows jam for the first time. (note: this alone is not a big enough indicator of a landslide)
- New cracks suddenly appear in plaster, tile, brick, or foundations.
- Outside walls, walks, or stairs begin pulling away from the building.
- Cracks that slowly and suddenly develop and widen on the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways.
- Underground utility lines break
- Bulging ground appears at the base of a slope.
- Water breaks through the ground surface in new locations.
- Fences, retaining walls, utility poles, or trees appear to tilt or move.
- You may hear a faint rumbling sound which increases in volume as the landslide draws closer.
- The ground slopes downward in one specific direction and may begin shifting in that direction under your feet.
- Seek the advice of a geo-technical expert for evaluation of landslide hazards or corrective techniques to reduce landslide risk
What do to during a landslide:
- If you are inside:
- Stay inside and take cover under a desk, table, or other piece of sturdy furniture.
- If outdoors:
- Attempt to get out of the path of the landslide
- Run to the nearest high ground area that’s away from the landslide
- If rocks and other debris are approaching, run for the nearest shelter such as a group of trees or a building
- If you cannot escape, curl into a tight ball and be sure to protect your head
- Stay away from the area of the landslide, as there may be additional slides
- Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide area, give first aid if possible
- Listen to a battery operated radio or television for the latest emergency information
- Remember the flooding may occur after a landslide, so consult our page on floods for more information
What to do after a landslide:
- Check for damaged utility lines, if you find any, report it to the utility company
- Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage
- Re-plant damaged ground ASAP since erosion can cause flash flooding