Avalanches and mudslides

  • Avalanches and mudslides
    • Origen: Movement of snow or earth down a hill.
    • Trigger: Change in temperature, type of snow or – earth, and changes in the water levels
    • Danger: Might destroy property, bury people and kill
    • Behaviour: Sudden onset and difficult to get away
    • Place: Hills and mountains
    • Other: It is possible to predict potential risk, but not onset
    • Precaution: Be careful when you are close to hills during rain/ snow and during strange temperatures
    • Closedown of Society: Hours to a few days




WFET on Avalanches and mudslides

We need to be more conscious about where we are. If we are close to a hill or a mountain, then we should look out for possible dangers. If snow: Ask local people about avalanches in the area; if the climate changes evaluate the possibility for a change in the stability of the snow. If you have distinct types of soil or earth you need to pay attention to the possibility of a mudslide. Most mudslides start when the climate changes or become more extreme. It is also frequent to find construction work close to mudslides. Always observe and stay conscious.

Then we have another aspect called your emergency plan. That is IF the worst case scenario happens, an avalanche or a mudslide. What do you do? You need to set your parameters; where is it most likely come an avalanche or a mudslide. Divide into different zones red, yellow and green. When you move into a yellow zone you need to have a way out if something happen or a safe place to hide. When moving into red zone you need to me on 100% alert, have a pre-defined way out and pre-defined clues for you to pull out. If it is possible define safe zones to use IF you cannot get out.