Get prepared for a landslide
Landslides are the down-slope movement of rock or debris. As more homes are built onto steep slopes, landslides become a greater hazard for both people and buildings.
It’s important to take time to prepare and understand what to do before, during and after a major landslide.
Climate change and landslides
Read about how B.C. is preparing for and adapting to climate change.
To prepare for a landslide, be aware of changes that could signal one. To report suspected landslide indicators, call the 24-hour provincial toll-free number at 1-800-663-3456, contact 9-1-1 or call your local fire, police or public works department.
Landslide or debris flow indicators may include:
- Sudden changes in stream flow
- Rapid changes or pulses in stream flow (e.g. changes in volume) or pulses of sediment (e.g. changes from clear to murky water)
- Abnormally dirty water
- Accumulation of large logs or debris
- Rapid accumulation of sediment or bed-load along a flat section of a creek channel
- Tension cracks near the top of a slope
- Falling rocks or boulders or flowing or sliding soil. This may precede a much larger landslide
Leave the area immediately if you observe the following:
- A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume
- Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together
- If you are caught in a landslide with no option to evacuate, curl in a tight ball and protect your head and neck
Take these initial steps after a landslide to ensure your safety:
- When you are safe, report the situation by calling 9-1-1
- Stay away from the slide area as there could be subsequent slides
- Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information
- Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow