Red Cross issues warning about possible landslides
BOISE — The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter for evacuees in Twin Falls and is ready to open additional shelters if the need arises.
The Twin Falls shelter was moved this morning from its original location at Amazing Grace Fellowship Church to its current location at Eastside Southern Baptist Church at 204 Eastland Drive North in Twin Falls. The shelter will remain open over the weekend, if needed.
“People should remain vigilant as conditions around Idaho change and new hazards crop up,” says Nicole Sirak Irwin, CEO of the American Red Cross of Idaho and Montana. “A major concern in addition to flooding is landslides, and the Red Cross has a terrific Emergency App to help keep you safe.”
To download the free Red Cross Emergency App, go to http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps
Preparing for a Landslide
What should I do if I live in an area at risk from landslides?
— Learn about local emergency response and evacuation plans.
— Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a landslide occurs.
— Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family and/or your business.
— Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit. You can find a complete list of kit supplies in our Emergency App.
— Become familiar with the land around where you live and work so that you understand your risk in different situations.
— Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home, especially where runoff water converges.
Gather Supplies in Case You Need to Evacuate
Responding to a Landslide
What should I do if a landslide is occurring or likely to occur?
— If you suspect imminent danger, evacuate immediately. Inform affected neighbors if you can, and contact your public works, fire or police department.
— Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together.
— If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and notice whether the water changes from clear to muddy. Such changes may mean there is debris flow activity upstream. Be prepared to move quickly.
— Be especially alert when driving — watch for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks and other indications of possible debris flow.
— If you are ordered or decide to evacuate, take your animals with you.
— Consider a precautionary evacuation of large or numerous animals as soon as you are aware of impending danger.
During Severe Storms
— Stay alert and awake. Many deaths from landslides occur while people are sleeping.
— Listen to local news stations on a battery-powered radio for warnings of heavy rainfall.
— Consider leaving if it is safe to do so.
Recovering from a Landslide
What should I do after a landslide?
— Stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.
— Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide, without entering the direct slide area. Direct rescuers to their locations.
— Help a neighbor who may require special assistance--infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.
— Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
— Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow. Floods sometimes follow landslides and debris flows because they may both be started by the same event.
— Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities. Reporting potential hazards will get the utilities turned off as quickly as possible, preventing further hazard and injury.
— Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage. Damage to foundations, chimneys, or surrounding land may help you assess the safety of the area.
— Replant damaged ground as soon as possible since erosion caused by loss of ground cover can lead to flash flooding.
— Seek the advice of a geotechnical expert for evaluating landslide hazards or designing corrective techniques to reduce landslide risk. A professional will be able to advise you of the best ways to prevent or reduce landslide risk, without creating further hazard.
Make a donation
— To help the people affected by disasters, please make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Please visit www.redcross.org/idaho or call 1-800-853-2570. Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross of Idaho, 5371 W. Franklin Road, Boise, ID 83705.