Landslides occur in all U.S. states and territories. Also known as mudslides or debris flows, landslides can occur quickly during heavy rain, fires or earthquakes. The best way to prepare is to stay informed about changes in and around your home that could signal a landslide is likely to occur.

  • Be aware of potential landslide hazards near your home.
  • Contact local officials to determine if landslides have previously occurred in your area. Slopes where landslides have occurred in the past may experience them again in the future.
  • Watch for changes in landscape, water drainage, or cracks in foundations and sidewalls.
  • Talk with a professional about preventative measures for your home to reduce soil erosion and threats associated with heavy rain and runoff.
  • Watch the patterns of heavy rain drainage on slopes near your home and note places where runoff water converges, with increasing flow over soil-covered slopes. Watch hillsides around your home for signs of land movement, such as small landslides or debris flows or progressively titling trees.
  • Check with your local Office of Emergency Management to determine your neighborhood and community evacuation routes. If none exist, create your own evacuation plans with your family.
  • Assemble a family preparedness portable kit and create your emergency plan that designates a place for your family to meet both in and outside your immediate neighborhood and community.
  • Determine the need to evacuate based on immediate personal danger or if an order is issued by local authorities.
  • Do not take time to remove contents from your home if a landslide is imminent.
  • Do not drive through moving water or attempt to drive around eroded roadways.
  • Listen to local emergency officials for additional information and updates.

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