Emergency Preparedness

We invite residents and businesses to rethink what it means to be emergency prepared. The good news is you’re actually more prepared than you think.

Disaster-resilient communities are made up of people who practise ‘everyday readiness’ such as knowing your neighbours, making sure your cell phone is always charged, and buying a few extra tins of food each time you’re at the store.

Together we are ready.

Getting Started

There are simple things you and your family can do to prepare for an emergency. And you may already be doing them! Check out our helpful VictoriaReady brochure to see where you're at and what you need to do. Learn what you need to be ready

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 -12
-- Be Emergency Ready!

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6 – 12, 2018) encourages Canadians to prepare for emergencies. This year’s theme is Be Emergency Ready! To kick off “EP Week”, we'll test our website emergency notification system on May 7.

Drop by our information booth at the Central Library on Monday, May 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and join us at a free Emergency Preparedness Workshop on May 8 or 23 at City Hall to learn what you and your family need to be prepared for an emergency.

Get your kit together. Learn what to include during the #26WeekstoPreparedness on Twitter and the Get Your Kit Together video series.

Check out this new regional tsunami preparedness brochure and the Prepare Yourself Guide to Emergency Preparedness. And remember to sign up for Vic-Alert to receive notifications on emergencies that may impact you in Victoria.

Sign Up for Vic-Alert

Vic-Alert is the City of Victoria's emergency notification service. Vic-Alert sends you updates and instructions by text, phone and email on major emergencies that may impact you. Learn more and sign up for Vic-Alert.

Emergency Workshops in 2018

Check out what to include in your family's emergency kits and register for one of our free workshops in 2018 to learn more about what you need to be prepared to cope for up to seven days in the event of a major emergency or disaster.

Tsunami Readiness

The tsunami warning earlier this year is a reminder that emergencies can happen at any time. Learn what a tsunami is, the three types of tsunami alerts, and what you need to do depending on where you live in Victoria. Check out this helpful brochure and map to see if "you're in the zone".

Connect and Prepare Pilot

Victoria Ready has partnered with Building Resilient Neighbourhoods to deliver Connect and Prepare, a resilience and emergency preparedness pilot project from December 2017 to April 2018. Through a series of facilitated workshops, and with the support of micro-grants, program materials and resource people, three participating Victoria neighbourhoods are learning how to strengthen emergency preparedness and connections among neighbours. Learn more about the pilot.

Tips to Emergency Preparedness

Here are some tips to help you and your family be prepared for an emergency! 

Everyday readiness for every person, every business, every organization.