Landslide awareness meeting

October 27, 2012 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Seattle Community College
South Seattle Community College
6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Are YOU Prepared for Landslides? City of Seattle encourages you to come out to the free landslide awareness meeting Oct. 27, 10:00 am–12:00 pm at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) at the Judge Warren and Noble Chan Education Center (across from the north parking lot).

The free landslide awareness meetings will give the public the opportunity to consult with public/private landslide experts and learn simple preventive measures that will help protect them from future landslides, such as:

* Checking downspouts; making sure they are functioning/routed to a
safe location
* Inspecting sloping areas for indications of slope movement and erosion
* Keeping fill and yard waste off slopes
* Shutting off the irrigation system and checking it out seasonally
* Leaving tree stumps in the ground on slopes
* Knowing when to seek professional help for hillside projects

The landslide awareness meetings will include a presentation that discusses the causes of landslides, proper drainage for sloping sites, and vegetation maintenance on slopes. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and time for one-on-one discussions with professionals in the field, including the City of Seattle, and volunteers from The American Society for Civil Engineers, The Association of Engineering Geologists, The International Society of Arboriculture, and Associated Building Contractors.

Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of October and April? And that 86 percent of landslides are caused to some extent by human activity? Landslide season is upon us and although the Seattle rainfall is currently below the landslide threshold, the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.

Landslide experts agree there is not one single factor that contributes to landslides in the area, but in most cases there are steps that property owners can take to mitigate risk.

With 20,000 Seattle properties (mostly residential) in landslide-prone areas, the City of Seattle and the Take Winter By Storm campaign encourage property owners to take preventive measures to protect themselves from landslides by attending one of two free landslide awareness meetings to be held this Fall.

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