What to do Before, During, and After a mudslide
- Monitor local media, sign up for alerts.
- Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family and your business.
- Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit.
- Become familiar with the land around where you live and work so that you understand your risk in different situations.
- Stay awake and observe your surroundings.
- Listen for unusual sounds like trees cracking or boulders knocking together.
- Watch for:
- Leaning trees and utility poles
- Water coming through the ground in new places
- Widening cracks in the ground or street
- Decks or patios that start to lean away from a house
- Doors or windows that stick or jam for the first time
- New cracks in tiles, bricks, or building foundations
- Move away from the path of a landslide or debris flow as fast as you can.
- If you can’t escape, curl into a tight ball and cover your head with your hands and arms.
- Stay away from the slide area. There may be additional slides.
- Do not touch dangling or loose wires, even with an object.
- Call the Sheriff’s Dispatch at (707) 565-2121 to report any land movement.