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Local Red Cross Urges Landslide Safety

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The Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies every day.

A severe rainstorm is moving though Santa Barbara County, and the Red Cross 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, especially landslides, this season.

PREPARE

  • 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.

 

RESPOND

  • 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.

 

RECOVER

  • 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.
 
MAKING AN IMPACT
Did you know? The Red Cross responded immediately to assist families affected by the March 2014 Oso, Washington landslide. The torrent of mud and debris claimed 43 lives and 49 homes, leaving grief, devastation, and uncertainty for dozens of families. Now, several months later, the Red Cross is still helping residents as they continue to recover from what has been called one of the largest landslide disasters in U.S. history.
 
Volunteers from the Red Cross Central California Region saw the damage first hand as they helped Washington families develop a plan for recovery. The Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies every day. From home fires to wildfires and everything in between, your local Red Cross provides hope and comfort to families recovering from disasters.
 
Learn more about preparing for every kind of disaster by visiting www.redcross.org/prepare.