Emergency Preparedness Week

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.

Emergency Preparedness Week

National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 1 – 7, 2016
Now is the time to make sure you and your family are prepared for a power outage, earthquake or tsunami. Victoria has a one in three probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. It's not a matter of if an earthquake will happen, but when.

Your emergency kit should have enough food, fresh water, medication and supplies for you and your family to cope seven days or more without outside assistance.

Available at local venues and online, the City of Victoria's “Recipe for Disaster” series lists what you need to include in your emergency kit to help protect your family, pets, or business.

In the event of a disaster, it's important to have a pre-determined family meeting place to reconnect with loved ones. The City's Emergency Contact Card enables you to note down a walkable daytime and evening meeting place on one side and an out-of-province contact name and phone number on the other. If local phone lines are down, it may be easier to access an out-of-province line to let your family know you're okay.

"Drop! Cover! and Hold On!" is the most appropriate action to reduce injury and death during an earthquake.

Tsunamis are rare, but if an earthquake lasts for 60 seconds or more, or is so strong that it is difficult for you to stand, “Drop, Cover and Hold On!” until the shaking stops, then move away from beaches and low-lying areas to higher ground immediately. An earthquake this strong is your sign that a tsunami is on its way. Only return when emergency officials say it's safe to do so and monitor local media outlets for updates.

Check our our line-up of free emergency workshops in 2016 to help Victoria residents to become “emergency prepared”. To register for a free workshop email vem@victoria.ca or call 250.920.3373.

Help your community in a disaster by volunteering with one of our four teams.