Be Prepared for a Landslide

If you are at risk from landslides, you should:

  • Develop an evacuation plan. If your home could be damaged in a landslide, you should know where to go if you have to leave. Making plans at the last minute can be upsetting, create confusion, and waste precious time. Contact local authorities to learn about the emergency response and evacuation plans for your area and develop your own emergency plans for your family and business.
  • Familiarize yourself with the land around you. Knowing the land can help you assess your risk.
  • Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home and especially the places where runoff water converges, increasing flow over soilcovered slopes. Watch the hillsides around your home for any signs of land movement, such as small landslides or debris flows, or progressively tilting trees. Noticing small changes could alert you to an increased threat of a landslide.
  • Discuss landslides and debris flows with members of your household. Everyone should know what to do to stay safe if one occurs.
  • Be aware that, generally, landslide insurance is not available; however, in some cases, debris flow damage may be covered by flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) (www.fema.gov/nfip).


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