A landslide is the movement of rock and soil down a slope. Landslides can range in size from a single boulder in a rockfall to a very large avalanche of debris with huge quantities of rock and soil that can be spread across many kilometres.
Heavy rain, floods or earthquake shaking can cause a landslide. Human activity, such as removal of trees and vegetation, steep roadside cuttings or leaking water pipes can also cause landslides.
Getting ready before a landslide will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive.
Find out from your council if there have been landslides in your area before and where they might occur again
Check for signs that the ground may be moving. These signs include:
Sticking doors and windowframes
Gaps where frames are not fitting properly
Decks and verandas moving or tilting away from the rest of the house
New cracks or bulges on the ground, road or footpath
Leaning trees, retaining walls or fences
Water springs, seeps or waterlogged ground in areas that are not usually wet.
You will need to know how to respond immediately:
Evacuate and take your Getaway Kit with you
Contact Emergency Services on 111
Warn neighbours who might be affected
Do not return to a site that has been affected by a landslide until it has been properly inspected.
Take photographs and notes for insurance purposes.