Chief Michael L. Smith
Emergency Management Director
10 Loring Drive, Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: 508-620-4942, Fax: 508-620-4946
and mudflows usually strike without warning. The force of rocks, soil, or
other debris moving down a slope can devastate anything in its path. Take
the following steps to be ready.
Your county geologist or county planning department may have specific information on areas vulnerable to landsliding. Consult a professional geotechnical expert for opinions and advice on landslide problems and on corrective measures you can take.
Minimize home hazards.
Make evacuation plans.
Develop an emergency communication plan.
Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact". After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.
Mudflow is covered by flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program. Flood insurance can be purchased through a local insurance agency.
Try and get out of the path of the landslide or mudflow.
A sinkhole occurs when groundwater dissolves a vulnerable land surface such as limestone, causing the land surface to collapse from a lack of support. In June 1993, a 100-foot wide, 25-foot deep sinkhole formed under a hotel parking lot in Atlanta, killing two people and engulfing numerous cars.
Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide area.
Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance--infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities.
Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest emergency information.
Remember that flooding may occur after a mudflow or a landslide.
Check for damaged utility lines.
Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage.
Replant damaged ground as soon as possible since erosion caused by loss of ground cover can lead to flash flooding.
Seek the advice of geotechnical expert for evaluating landslide hazards or designing corrective techniques to reduce landslide risk.
Mitigation includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or lessen the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. Investing in preventive mitigation steps now such as planting ground cover (low growing plants) on slopes, or installing flexible pipe fitting to avoid gas or water leaks, will help reduce the impact of landslides and mudflows in the future. For more information on mitigation, contact your local emergency management office.
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