The National Weather Service is predicting a rainstorm to move through Kern County early next week, and the Red Cross Kern Chapter wants to make sure residents are prepared. A severe wildfire season has left many communities vulnerable to mudslides or debris flows this season. Make sure your family is prepared for any disaster.
- Landslides generally happen in areas where they have occurred in the past. Learn about your area’s landslide risk.
- Learn about local emergency response and evacuation plans.
- Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family or business.
- Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit.
- Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home, especially where runoff water converges.
- Beware that a typical homeowners policy does not include landslide or mudflow coverage. Talk to your insurance agent today for more information.
- During severe storms, stay alert and awake.
- If you suspect imminent danger, evacuate immediately. Inform affected neighbors if you can, and contact your public works, fire or police department.
- 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 water changes from clear to muddy.
- Consider evacuations of large or numerous animals.
- Stay away from the slide area until officials say it is safe to enter.
- Watch for flooding, which sometimes follows landslides.
- Check for injured and trapped persons or animals near the slide without entering the slide area.
- Help people who require special assistance.
- Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
- Check your home’s foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage.
- Replant damaged ground as soon as possible because erosion caused by loss of ground cover can lead to flash flooding.