Victoria has a one in three (32%) probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years, and in addition to risk of earthquakes, is also prone to hazards including tsunamis, weather events and pandemics.
Prepare VictoriaThe Victoria Emergency Management Agency (VEMA) is the City of Victoria's resource for helping our community prepare for an emergency. Responsible for coordinating an emergency response in the event of a disaster, VEMA also educates and empowers Victoria citizens on how to be "emergency prepared." This is accomplished through emergency preparedness training events, exercises, and public education.
Earthquake 1-2-3 is a monthly, nine-part series in the Times Colonist featuring helpful information to assist families to become better prepared before, during, and after a damaging earthquake. The series focuses on earthquake awareness, preparedness and planning and is sponsored by the City of Victoria, Thrifty Foods, Capital Iron and Megson FitzPatrick Insurance Services. The first issue launched Sunday, September 29. Watch for the next issue on the back page of The Islander section in the Times Colonist on Sunday, February 16 or view the series here.
What to do During an Earthquake
How to Prepare an Emergency Kit
How to be Prepared at Home
How to be Prepared at Work
Volunteer with VEMAYou can help your community in an emergency by volunteering with the Victoria Emergency Management Agency. If you have a bicycle, are 19 years of age or over, and would like to help the community in the event of a disaster, VEMA's new Cyclist Response Team is for you.
Follow VEMA on Facebook
Emergency Management BC
Tour de Disaster
- Business & Service Continuity
- Resources for People at Increased Risk
- Hazards (Tsunamis)
- Stay Informed
- Emergency Preparedness Week
- Great British Columbia ShakeOut
The City, like all municipal governments in British Columbia, is required by the Emergency Program Act and Regulations to have an emergency management organization, an emergency plan, and train staff and exercise that plan regularly.Go to Top