Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)

Why Talk About Landslides?

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(PDF File of this Page) Landslides are a serious geologic hazard common to almost every state in the United States. It is estimated that nationally they cause up to $2 billion in damages and from 25 to 50 deaths annually. Globally, landslides cause billions of dollars in damage and thousands of deaths and injuries each year. Individuals can take steps to reduce their personal risk. Know about the hazard potential where you live, take steps to reduce your risk, and practice preparedness plans.

What Are Landslides and Debris Flows, and What Causes Them?

Awareness Information

Plan for a Landslide

Develop a Family Disaster Plan. Please see the "Family Disaster Plan"section for general family planning information. Develop landslide-specific planning. Learn about landslide risk in your area. Contact local officials, state geological surveys or departments of natural resources, and university departments of geology. Landslides occur where they have before, and in identifiable hazard locations. Ask for information on landslides in your area, specific information on areas vulnerable to landslides, and request a professional referral for a very detailed site analysis of your property, and corrective measures you can take, if necessary.

If you are at risk from landslides:

Please see the section "Disaster Supplies Kit" for general supplies kit information. Landslide-specific supplies should include the following:

How to Protect Your Property

Media and Community Education Ideas

What to Do Before Intense Storms

What to Do During Intense Storms

What to Do if You Suspect Imminent Landslide Danger

What to Do During a Lanslide

What to Do After a Landslide

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