Landslides can happen without warning. They are often triggered by heavy rain, earthquakes and, in some cases, human activity. Find out what to do before, during and after a landslide.
In New Zealand, we have a lot of natural hazards. Earthquakes, floods, landslides, severe weather, tsunami, volcanic activity, and other hazards can happen any time and often without warning.
Landslides can happen without warning. They are often triggered by heavy rain, earthquakes and, in some cases, human activity
You can reduce the impacts of landslides by checking if your area might be prone to landslides. Areas that are prone to landslides include areas with:
You should also review your insurance regularly. Having insurance cover for your home and contents is important to help you get back on your feet if you suffer damage in a disaster.
We can't predict disasters, but we can prepare for them. One of the best places to start is with your home. Find out what you can do to make your home safer.
Get ready before a landslide.
Make a plan online with your whānau to get through an emergency. Think about the things you need every day and work out what you would do if you didn't have them.
In an emergency, you may be stuck at home for three days or more. Your house is already full of emergency items disguised as everyday things. Figure out what supplies you need and make a plan to get through.
Find your local Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group.
Know what to do during a landslide or if you think a landslide is about to happen.
Get out of the path of the landslide quickly.
Evacuate if your home or the building you are in is in danger — take your grab bag and pets with you if you can do so quickly.
Warn neighbours and help others if you can.
Contact emergency services and your local council.
After a landslide, stay alert for future landslides. Stay away from the landslide area until it has been properly inspected and authorities give the all clear.
Report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
Help others if you can, especially people who may need extra help.
Re-plant damaged ground as soon as possible. Erosion caused by the loss of ground cover can lead to flash flooding.
If your property is damaged:
Take photos of any damage. It will help speed up assessments of your claim.