FREE Emergency Preparedness Workshops

The recent earthquakes on Vancouver Island are a reminder that we live in a seismically active zone. Victoria has a one in three probability of experiencing a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

Take the opportunity to attend a FREE Victoria Ready workshop to learn how to
prepare for emergencies such as an earthquake or tsunami, or a power outage or winter storm. Depending on the type of emergency, you and your family should be able to cope a minimum of seven days without outside assistance.

Learn about the hazards that can affect Victoria, what to include in your home emergency kit, what you can do to minimize injury and protect your home from an earthquake, and how to reunite with loved ones after a disaster.

The next Emergency Preparedness Workshops are:

Monday, March 6

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Victoria City Hall, Songhees Room

Thursday, March 30
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Victoria City Hall, Antechamber

Register by email emvic@victoria.ca or call 250.920.3373.

View the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Workshop Schedule.

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.
  • 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.
  • Ready-made emergency kits are available at local retailers or you can assemble your own using the City of Victoria’s Recipe for Disaster series as a guide. The recipe cards are available at City Hall and here.
  • Check out the Get Your Kit Together video series for tips on what to include in your emergency kits.
  • 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. During an emergency, follow @CityofVictoria and @EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter for alerts and updates.
  • Only call 911 for life safety issues.

Learn more about what you need to do to protect your loved ones in the event of an emergency.