Getting ready before a landslide will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive.
- Small slips, rock falls and subsidence at the bottom of slopes.
- Sticking doors and window frames.
- Gaps where frames are not fitting properly.
- Outside fixtures such as steps, decks, and verandahs moving or tilting away from the rest of the house.
- New cracks or bulges on the ground, road, footpath, retaining walls and other hard surfaces.
- Tilting trees, retaining walls or fences.
Before a landslide
- Find out from your council if there have been landslides in your area before and where they might occur again
- Check for signs that the ground may be moving.
- Be alert when driving especially where there are embankments along roadsides. Watch the road for collapsed pavements, mud and fallen rocks.
If you think a landslide is about to happen
- Act quickly. Getting out of the path of a landslide is your best protection.
- Evacuate and take your Getaway Kit with you. Take your pets with you and move livestock to safe paddocks if you can safely do so.
- Warn neighbours who might be affected and help those who may need assistance to evacuate.
- Contact emergency services and your local council to inform them of the hazard.
After a landslide
- Keep in mind that further landslides may occur. Stay away from affected sites until it has been properly inspected and authorities give the all-clear.
- Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
- If your property or contents are damaged take notes and photographs when it is safe to do so. Contact your insurance company and inform your landlord if there is damage to the rental property.