Special Report: How to Survive a Mudslide

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Special Report: How to Survive a Mudslide

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As some of you know, I live in Washington State, not far as the crow flies from the recent mudslides that have claimed many lives.  Rescue personnel are still digging through the rubble to find victims and as of this moment 125 souls are still unaccounted for.

One of the reasons we prepare is so that we are ready to act and to survive following a natural disaster.  In this case, those in the immediate path of the mudslide were unable to get out of the way.  Many perished.  On the other hand, about four hours following the mudslide, those in the surrounding area were told to evacuate immediately.

I have watched many news reports with clips from the evacuees.  Many abandoned their homes with just the clothes on their back and are now being housed in shelters.  They grabbed wallets and cellphones and headed out the door without very much else.  Can you imagine how much better off they would be if they also had bug-out bags with a change of clothing, meds, toiletries and other personal items?

I don’t want to belabor the point because I know you get it but still, I do want to remind you to keep your bug-out-bag handy and in a place where you can get to it quickly in an emergency.

Mudslide Survival

Backdoor Survival Contributing Author Joe Alton, aka Dr. Bones, has written an article aptly titled Mudslide Survival.  I urge you to read it – regardless of where you live – because you just never know when a mudslide or similar event will happen in your neighborhood.

Survive a Mudslide Backdoor Survival

Mudslide Survival by Joe Alton

The Final Word

As Joe mentions in his article, homes are vulnerable even if they are not built on a slope.  Before building that dream home or bug-out-location, keep the following in mind:

-Beware of steep slopes, natural or man-made runoff conduits, or eroded areas.
-Have the county Geological Survey specialist assess your property for possible mudslide risk.
-Consider flexible pipe fittings (installed by pros) less prone to gas or water leaks.
-Consider building a retaining wall in likely mudslide channels.
-Avoid areas that have experienced mudslides in the past.
-Plan out an evacuation route.
-Have a battery-powered NOAA weather radio.
-Have a medical kit with items to deal with both traumatic injury and water sterilization.

My heart is broken over this local tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers go out not only to the victims and their families, but to the many volunteer responders who are working hard during the victim recovery process.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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6 Responses to “Special Report: How to Survive a Mudslide”

  1. My family (kids and grandbabies)live 3 miles from the landslide. Drove up for a visit and it’s just heartbreaking, all the signs and yellow ribbons along the highway. My daughter and her husband have 2.5 acres on Jim Creek Road and are working to become sustainable, but it sure is spooky looking up at that big mountain and now we know it could wipe them out in a heartbeat.

  2. Peppers have one response – be prepared. Most people, unfortunately, have another – it’ll never happen here or to me. Many of the survivers will take the attitude of, it’ll never happen again. You see it all the time, some people never learn. We try, but can’t convince most.

  3. Mud terrifies me! I’ve read and seen too many stories of people dieing in the mud. I’ve lived in Western Wa, the danger is still there in many other towns. Go outside and look up, what do you see? If you are in the shade of a hill…you have work to do.

  4. First and formost people need to evaluate the potential hazards of where they live. If you live in an area where these kinds of landslides can occur – move to safer terrain, just like moving out of flood plains, etc. These are avoidable hazard area, unlike unavoidable hazards like hurricanes and tornados.

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