The information on this page is about being ready for if a landslide happens.
A landslide is when a large amount of land moves down a slope.
A landslide can be made of:
Landslides can be caused by things like:
Sometimes landslides can be caused by things that people have done.
All landslides can be very dangerous.
If a landslide happens:
It is not possible to know when a landslide might happen.
There are things we can do to:
The best way to get ready for if a landslide happens is to make a plan.
Having a plan will make it easier for you to know what to do if a landslide happens.
It is important to practise what you will do in a landslide so you can act quickly to keep yourself safe if it happens.
Practise is when you do something many times so that you can get good at doing it.
It is a good idea to find out what the landslide risk is like where you live.
The landslide risk will tell you how likely it is a landslide will happen.
You can find out what the landslide risk is for where you live by asking your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group for more information.
Places that tend to be more at risk from landslides are usually:
A drainage channel is a way of helping water to drain away off the land.
Other areas that are likely to see landslides are places near water such as:
If you have house insurance you should make sure it is up to date.
Having insurance is when you pay money to an insurance company so they will assist you if something goes wrong.
You should make sure you have insurance for:
Having insurance will help you get things fixed sooner if your house is damaged by a landslide.
It is a good idea to put together a grab bag that you can take with you in an emergency.
A grab bag is a small backpack of essential items that you can take with you if you need to get away from danger very quickly.
It is also a good idea to think about what supplies you might need.
Supplies can be things like:
First aid is when you give medical help to someone who is injured so you can:
You should know what the warning signs of a landslide look like so you can act quickly if you see them.
You should check inside and outside your house often for any changes.
You should make sure you check:
The kinds of things you should look for include:
Other warning signs you should look out for are things like structures you might have outside your house that have moved such as:
You should also check for any changes in places such as:
The types of changes you should check for include things like:
When you are out driving you should watch out for any fallen rocks that show a slip has happened in places such as on the:
If a landslide happens you should get out the way as quickly as you can.
If the building you are in is in danger you should evacuate straight away.
Evacuate means to get to a safe place away from danger.
You should have your grab bag ready in case you need to evacuate.
You should make sure you follow any instructions given to you by emergency services.
You should follow any orders that tell you to evacuate to stay safe.
You should evacuate straight away if you do not feel safe even if you have not been told to.
If you have to leave your home you should take your pets with you.
It is important to keep up with any information that will make sure you can stay safe.
You should listen to local news stations on a battery powered radio for more warnings.
If it is safe to do so you should check on people nearby who might need your help such as:
After a landslide has stopped you should always be ready for more to happen.
You should stay away from any areas that have had a landslide until you have been told it is safe.
You should not go back to your home after a landslide until you have been told it is safe.
This is because more landslides could happen in the same area which could be very dangerous.
You should report any damage the landslide has done to:
A landslide can damage the utilities that connect to your house.
Utilities are things like:
You should try to replant any ground that has been damaged by a landslide as soon as you can.
Replant means to replace any:
This is because bare ground that has lost cover can slip more easily.
You should check if people nearby need your help such as:
It is possible that a landslide could damage your property.
Your property could be things like:
If your property is damaged by a landslide you should not do anything that could:
If you have insurance you should tell the insurance company about the damage the landslide has done as soon as possible.
If you rent your home you should tell your landlord about the damage as soon as possible.
You should take photos of any damage caused by a landslide.
Having photos will mean that the insurance company can look at your insurance claim much faster.