FREE WORKSHOPS: Emergency Preparedness

We live in an area with a one in three probability of a major earthquake in the next 50 years. Now is the time to make sure your family and pets are prepared to cope after a damaging earthquake or tsunami.

We also get our share of high winds, so it's good to be prepared for a power outage.

FREE Emergency Preparedness Workshops 

Take the opportunity to learn how your family can be more “emergency prepared" by registering for a free workshop this month offered by the Victoria Emergency Management Agency.

To register, email VEMA or call 250.920.3373.

Workshops will be offered on:


  • Monday, November 24
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Victoria City Hall Antechamber

  • Tuesday, November 25
    7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street

What You Need to Know and Do

Below is what you need to know and do to protect your family in the event of a damaging earthquake:

  • "Drop, Cover and Hold On!" is the most appropriate action to reduce injury and death until the shaking stops. Learn more at ShakeOutBC.
  • Tsunamis are rare, but if an earthquake lasts for 60 seconds or more, or is so strong that it is difficult to stand, “Drop, Cover and Hold On!” until the shaking stops, then move away from beaches and low-lying areas to higher ground immediately. Monitor local media outlets and your municipality for updates.
  • Twitter, Facebook and email are ways for you to communicate with loved ones and others in a disaster when phone lines may be over-loaded.
  • Your family and pets need an emergency kit with enough food, fresh water, medication and supplies to cope up to seven days or more without outside assistance. Ready-made kits are available at local retailers or you can assemble your own using the City of Victoria’s Recipe for Disaster series which is available at City Hall and here.

Prepare Victoria!

Learn more about what you need to do to protect your family in preparation for a damaging earthquake.