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 Victoria!The 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.
National Emergency Preparedness Week
National Emergency Preparedness Week is designed to raise awareness of the importance of having an emergency kit and making an emergency plan. This annual event takes place across Canada each year during the first full week of May. Learn more on what your family can do to prepare for a damaging earthquake in Greater Victoria.
is May 3 - 9, 2015
Volunteer with VEMA
FREE Workshops - Family Emergency Preparedness
Launched in September 2013, Earthquake 1-2-3 was 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 focused on earthquake awareness, preparedness and planning and was sponsored by the City of Victoria, Thrifty Foods, Capital Iron and Megson FitzPatrick Insurance Services. To kick off National Emergency Preparedness Week (May 4 - 10, 2014), Earthquake 1-2-3 was featured as a special four-page wrap of the Times Colonist. 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
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Emergency Management BC
- Business & Service Continuity
- Resources for People at Increased Risk
- 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.
2014 Tour Disaster
Congratulations to the 23 cyclists who participated in the 2014 Tour Disaster on July 26! Part bike rally, part emergency exercise, the Tour Disaster demonstrates the important role cyclists can play in an emergency response. Kudos to the top three finishers:
1st place: JD Gibbard
2nd place: Gabe Leveque
3rd place: Simon Wigzall
Special thanks to our VEMA volunteers who helped organize and run the event.
Thank you to VeloFix Victoria for assisting with bicycle safety checks and to St. John Ambulance volunteers for providing mobile first aid during the event. Tour Disaster is a partnership between the City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. Learn more about Tour Disaster.Go to Top