SD 3.0 hours Floods and other Natural Hazards - Course Syllabus


Course Syllabus:

3.0 Required Subject Hours

Landslides can occur quickly, often with little notice and the best way to prepare is to stay informed about changes in and around the property that could signal that a landslide is likely to occur.

Landslides in the United States occur in all 50 States. The Appalachian Mountains, the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Coastal Ranges and some parts of Alaska and Hawaii have severe landslide problems. Any area composed of very weak or fractured materials resting on a steep slope can and will likely experience landslides.

Landslides are caused by disturbances in the natural stability of a slope. They can happen after heavy rains, droughts, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, fire and by human modification of land.

Landslide problems can be caused by land mismanagement, particularly in mountain, canyon and coastal regions. In areas burned by forest and brush fires, a lower threshold of precipitation may initiate landslides. Land-use zoning, professional inspections, and proper design can minimize many landslides, mudflow, and debris flow problems.

This course not only reviews floods but also covers the causes of and types of landslides. Upon completion, you will be able to identify landslide warnings and better assist your client.