What are the preventive measures to be adopted during landslides?
Following these landslide prevention tips can help protect your family, your property and yourself.
- Don't build steep slopes close to mountain edges, near drainage ways or natural erosion valleys
- Install flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks
- Plant ground cover on slopes and build retaining walls
- Build channels to redirect mudflow
- Get a ground assessment and landslide history of your property
- Changes occurring in your landscape such as land movement, small slides, flows or progressively leaning trees
- Doors or windows that stick or jam for the first time
- New cracks that appear in plaster, tile or foundations, or outside walls, walks or stairs that begin pulling away from the building
- Slowly developing but widening cracks that appear in roads and sidewalks
- Bulging ground that appears at the base of a slope
- Water that breaks through the ground in new locations
- A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume
- Unusual sounds such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together
If it is safe to leave the area, do so; otherwise move to the highest level of your house, curl into a tight ball and protect your head.
This landslide safety information is meant to help you make decisions that may reduce your risk. Of course, we can't note every possible risk, and we can't guarantee that these tips will work for you. However, we hope that if you use some of them, you'll better protect your family and yourself.