Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Preventative measures and warnings Preventative measures and warnings

  • Learn about the landslide risk in your area.
  • Develop an evacuation plan that details which route you will use to escape a landslide and an alternative if your main route is blocked.
  • Discuss landslides and debris flow with your family.
  • If your property is in a landslide risk area, contact a company specialising in geotechnical engineering, civil engineering or structural engineering for advice on corrective and protective measures you can take.
  • Become familiar with the land any structures around you so that you will notice any changes.
  • Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home, and especially the places where runoff water converges, increasing flow over soil covered slopes.
  • Plant ground cover and build retaining walls to limit the chances of a landslide occurring.

Landslide Warning Signs

  • Doors or windows stick or jam for the first time.
  • New cracks appear in plaster, tiles, bricks or foundations.
  • Outside walls, walks or stairs begin pulling away from the building.
  • Slowly developing, widening cracks appear on the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways.
  • Underground utility lines break.
  • Bulging ground appears at the base of a slope.
  • Water breaks through the ground surface in new locations.
  • Fences, retaining walls, utility poles or trees tilt or move.
  • You hear a faint rumbling sound that increases in volume as the landslide nears. The ground slopes downward in one specific direction and may begin shifting in that direction under your feet.