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.
FREE Workshops - Family Emergency Preparedness
Volunteer with VEMA
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.Go to Top