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Goodell Creek Debris Avalanche, Washington

Preparation is the key to success, but it’s also the key to safety. In light of the recent landslides in India and Nepal which have claimed hundreds of lives, it’s important to be prepared and equipped with the knowledge which could save your life.

To help, the American Red Cross has posted a rundown of safety tips for landslides, including what to do if you live in an area at risk from landslides, a list of supplies to gather in case of evacuation, what to do if a landslide is occurring or likely to occur, safety tips during severe storms, what to do after a landslide, and how to let your family and friends know that you are safe. Check out a rundown below of the supplies to take in the event of an evacuation, and head over to the American Red Cross website for more safety tips.

The Red Cross defines landslides as “downhill earth movements that can move slowly and cause damage gradually, or move rapidly, destroying property and taking lives suddenly and unexpectedly.” These take place in virtually every country and are capable of causing significant damage. A majority of landslides are caused by natural events like heavy rainfall and snowmelt, earthquakes, volcanic eruption and gravity. The effects of flooding are usually worsened as a result. Landslides are also referred to as mudslides, debris flows, mudflows or debris avalanches.

Landslide Supplies

* Water—a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
* Food—a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
* Flashlight
* Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
* Extra batteries
* First Aid kit
* Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
* Multi-purpose tool
* Sanitation and personal hygiene items
* Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth * certificates, insurance policies)
* Cell phone with chargers
* Family and emergency contact information
* Extra cash

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