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Landslide/Mudslides


The recent California Wildfires made areas of the state susceptible to landslides, mudslides and mudflows as a result of the landscape changes. When wildfires burn trees, and other materials form ash and debris are formed which can make the ground slick. Landslides are a result of rocks, debris, and other materials down a mountain or cliff. A mudslide, occurs when large amounts of mud gather and flow down a slope. When combined with large amounts of water a landslide forms a flowing liquid creating a mudflow, more fluid than a mudslide. Below are resources to help understand what causes landslides, mudslides, and mudflows , and how schools can prepare for these events.

Resources

American Red Cross - Landslide Safety External link opens in new window or tab.
What to do before during and after a Landslide.

California Department of Public Safety - Landslides and Mudslides External link opens in new window or tab.
Be informed on Landslides and Mudslides.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Be Prepared for a Landslide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
How to stay safe when a landslide threatens.

National Geographic- Landslides External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on what causes landslides.

Ready.gov - Landslides and Debris Flow External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on landslides/debris flow.

Ready.gov Kids - Landslides and Debris Flow External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on preparedness for kids during landslides/debris flow.

Questions:   Lesley Taylor | EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0559
Last Reviewed: Monday, November 18, 2019
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