Mudslides: Preparation and Survival

  1. Be prepared for the possibility of a mudslide (debris slides) or landslides, which are typically associated with periods of heavy rainfall or rapid snow melt.
  2. Also, floods can come as a result of a mudslide or landslide so be aware of this.
  3. Listen to your local media for flood watches, warnings and other travel advisories.
  4. Evacuate if instructed by local authorities or if you feel threatened.
  5. If a mudslide does occur, stay away from direct slide area when helping injured or trapped people.
  6. Additional Information:
    • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency
      FEMA offers tips on what to do before, during and after a landslide/mudslide. FEMA also has a map indicating the levels of landslide incidences for the United States. FEMA prepares the nation for hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident.
    • American Red Cross
      The Red Cross offers tips on how to prepare for and what to do during and after a landslide/mudslide. The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, provides relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
Updated: 5/2009