Emergency Management

Victoria has a one in three (32%) probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. In addition to risk of earthquakes, it 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 is May 1 - 7

National Emergency Preparedness Week (Sunday, May 1 - Saturday, May 7, 2016) is designed to raise awareness of the importance of having an emergency kit and making an emergency plan.This year's theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. 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.

Emergency Updates

For the latest information on an earthquake or tsunami in BC, follow Emergency Management BC on Twitter at @EmergencyInfoBC and @CityofVictoria for local emergencies. Follow @PreparedBC for helpful emergency preparedness tips.

What to do During an Earthquake 

Did you know that Drop! Cover! and Hold On! is the safest action you and your family can take during an earthquake to protect yourself from injury or death? Learn more.
Sign Up to ShakeOut BC
More than 770,000 British Columbians signed up to participate in ShakeOut BC in 2015, and made it the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history. Join us in setting a new record this year on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. by signing up online to participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.

"Show Me ShakeOut” Poster and Video Contest 

BC students were invited to enter the ‘Show Me ShakeOut’ poster and video contest for a chance to win $1,000 (Grades 8 – 12) or an iPad (Kindergarten – Grade 7). The winning entries will be used by ShakeOut BC to educate the public about the need for earthquake preparedness and how the simple steps of “Drop, Cover, Hold On” can save lives. Submissions were due April 25, 2016. Congratulations to the winners who were announced during Emergency Preparedness Week!

What to Include in Your Emergency Kit 

Check out our helpful Recipe for Disaster series to learn what you need to include in your emergency kit to help protect your family, pets, or business. You will need enough food, water and supplies to cope up to seven days without outside assistance.

FREE Workshops - Family Emergency Preparedness 

Learn more about the hazards that can affect Victoria, what to include in your home and vehicle emergency kits, what you can do to protect your home from an earthquake, and how to reunite with your loved ones after a disaster by attending a free, two-hour Emergency Preparedness Workshop. View the 2016 workshop dates.

Emergency Contact Cards

VEMA's Emergency Contact Cards can help family members reunite with loved ones after a disaster.

Tsunamis Preparedness

If an earthquake lasts for more than 60 seconds or is so strong that it is difficult to stand, people in low-lying coastal areas are advised to move to higher ground. Learn more about the difference between a Tsunami Warning, a Tsunami Advisory, and a Tsunami Watch -- and what to do.


Are you community-minded? Want to help your community in an emergency response? Explore volunteer opportunities with VEMA's seven teams! Training is provided.

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. View the series here.

Follow VEMA on Facebook

For helpful tips and information, "Like" us on Facebook.

Master of Disaster Learning Resources for Schools

Emergency Management BC has launched its Master of Disaster learning resources, specifically tailored to teach Grade 6 students the importance of knowing the risks, having a kit and a plan, as well as personal, household and neighbourhood preparedness. Upon completion, students receive a "Master of Disaster" certificate. Specific schools around BC have been invited to participate in this pilot and provide feedback to PreparedBC. The feedback will inform the resources that will be formally rolled out to all schools in BC this fall. Learn more.

Be Prepared!

There are many things that can be done in a home, business or organization to prepare for an emergency, minimizing the risks of injury and damage. Individuals should prepare to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days without outside assistance. Check out these helpful links below to Prepare Victoria!

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.

2015 Tour Disaster Results 

Thank you to the cyclists, VEMA volunteers, and our community partners for participating in the Tour Disaster on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Congratulations to David Miller, Alex Laird and Bob Mackie for being the first, second and third place finishers, determined by the cycling rally's points system! Learn more.