Emergency Management


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.

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 in September 2013.

Watch for the next issue on the back page of The Islander section in the Times Colonist on Sunday, April 20 or view the series here.
To kick off National Emergency Preparedness Week (May 4 - 10, 2014), Earthquake 1-2-3 will be featured as a four-page wrap of the Times Colonist on Sunday, May 4.

Free Workshops

Learn how you and your family can be prepared for an earthquake, tsunami, or power outage by registering to attend a FREE Emergency Preparedness Workshop in 2014.

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.

How to Prepare an Emergency Kit 

Check out our award-winning Recipe for Disaster series to learn what you need to include in your emergency kit to help protect your family, pets, or business.

How to be Prepared at Home

Learn what you can do to be prepared for an earthquake at home.

How to be Prepared at Work

Victoria gets its share of weather events such as windstorms and snow, which can disrupt power or make transportation difficult. Plumbing failures and fire can also interrupt a business. We're also due for a major earthquake. Planning ahead can help businesses recover faster from a disaster, reducing the likelihood of a large financial loss. Check out the Recipe for Disaster for businesses.


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.

Volunteer with VEMA

You 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

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

Emergency Management BC

For the lastest information on an earthquake or tsunami in BC, visit Emergency Management BC. You can also follow them on Twitter at @EmergencyInfoBC for emergency alerts and notices, or at @EmergencyPrepBC for helpful emergency preparedness tips. 

Tour de Disaster

The City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition would like to thank all those who participated in the inaugural Tour de Disaster -- Cyclist Emergency and Disaster Response Rally on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Congratulations to our first, second and third place finishers: Bill Lane, Joanne Thompson, and Sara Stallard! 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.