Landslides, also known as mudslides and debris flow, occur in all U.S. states and territories, and can be caused by a variety of factors including earthquakes, storms and fires. Landslides can occur quickly, often with little notice, the best way to plan for a mudslide is to stay informed about changes in and around your home that could signal that a Landslides is likely to occur. Look for changes in landscape and water drainage, or new cracks in foundations and sidewalks.
- Prepare for landslides by following proper land-use procedures - avoid building near steep slopes or along natural erosion valleys.
- Consult a professional for advice on appropriate preventative measures for your home or business, such as flexible pipe fittings, which can better resist breakage.
Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should listen to NOAA Weather Radio, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.
For more detailed information on mudslides, see http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/landslide.shtm.