Landslide Safety Procedures

A landslide is defined as the downward movement of soil, and this can be caused both by natural circumstances and man-made ones. This can happen in an instant or can slowly occur over an extended period of time. When a landslide occurs, anything in its path can either be covered by the moving soil or be carried away with it.

Landslides can occur due to a number of things. The causes include deforestation due to forest fires or indiscriminate cutting of trees, earthquakes, massive amounts of rainfall, and storms. Whatever the reason may be, if you find your home in the path of a landslide, it is best if you get away from it as quickly as possible.

Signs of an Impending Landslide

Landslides can happen in the blink of an eye, but sometimes there are indicators that tell you when one may happen near your home in the near future. Some of the signs to look out for around you include:

  • A sudden depression or bulge building on a slope near your home
  • Cracks and raised areas on your property or nearby
  • Water seepage
  • Falling rocks

What to Do When You Suspect a Landslide is Going to Happen

When you notice these things near your home, you should inform your city or county about it. When you think that a landslide is inevitable, there are a few things you need to do to ensure you and your family stay out of danger:

  • Evacuate your home until it is declared safe – once you report that your home is near a landslide-prone area, vacate it until the authorities tell you that it is safe for you to return.
  • Stay alert and be prepared – if it is not determined that your home is truly in danger of getting hit by a landslide, you should keep an open ear and open eye for signs that a landslide might happen. This is especially important when storms occur and when an unusual amount of rain is falling.

What to Do After a Landslide Hits

When your house in the Four Corners Region does get hit by a landslide, the best thing for you to do is to stay away until it has been declared safe for you to return. After you are given the go signal to return to your home, check the extent of the damage and contact a restoration company for help. Best CDRS is a company that can help you get your home back in order after disaster strikes.

Aside from helping restore your home after a landslide, we can also take care of water damage restoration, removal of excess moisture in your home, and even assist you with your insurance claims. To find out how our able-bodied team can help you, don’t hesitate to contact us at 970-235-9151 today to schedule an assessment and estimate.