Mudslides occur during
periods of intense rainfall or rapid snowmelt. They usually start on steep
hillsides, liquefy and accelerate down the hill. The debris flow ranges from
watery mud to thick, rocky mud that can carry large items such as boulders,
trees and cars. On average, mudslides cause 25 to 50 deaths each year. Always
listen to the radio and television for the latest information and instructions
for your area.
- Have a disaster
- Become familiar with the
land around you. Find out if youre in a mudslide prone area.
- Stay awake and
- If you live in mudslide
prone areas, consider leaving if it safe to do so. If you cant, go to the
highest level of your home.
- Listen for unusual sounds
that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking
- Be alert especially when
driving. Watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks and other
indications of a possible debris flow.
DURING A MUDSLIDE:
- Quickly move out of the
path of the mudslide.
- If you cant escape,
curl into a tight ball and protect your head.
AFTER A MUDSLIDE:
- Stay away from mudslide
- Check for injured or
trapped people near the mudslide, without directly entering the
- Watch out for flooding
which can happen after a mudslide.
- Check the foundation of
your home, chimney and surrounding land for damage.