Red Cross advises residents to prepare for potential landslides

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Seattle Municipal Archives. 1954.

The local American Red Cross advises Puget Sound area residents to prepare for potential landslides. Landslides are typically associated with periods of heavy rainfall or rapid snowmelt and tend to worsen the effects of flooding. Keep in mind the following preparedness tips:
  • If you suspect imminent danger, evacuate immediately. Inform affected neighbors if you can, and contact your public works, fire or police department.
  • Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home, especially where runoff water converges.
  • Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together.
  • If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and notice whether the water changes from clear to muddy. Such changes may mean there is debris flow activity upstream so be prepared to move quickly.
  • If a slide occurs, stay away from the slide area until local officials say it is safe to enter.
  • Be especially alert when driving. Watch for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks and other indications of possible debris flow.
  • Gather emergency supplies in case you need to evacuate: three day supply of water and food, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, medication, clothing and copies of personal documents (proof of address, insurance policies, etc.).
For more safety tips and information on landslides, please visit the Red Cross website.

The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. 


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