FREE Emergency Preparedness Workshops

Make emergency preparedness a New Year's Resolution for you and your family in 2017!

Take the opportunity to learn how you can be more “emergency prepared" by registering for a FREE workshop offered by Emergency Management Victoria, the City of Victoria’s resource for helping our community prepare for an emergency.

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. An emergency kit comes in handy in the event of a power outage or winter storm.

The next free workshops will be held on:

Tuesday, January 10
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Victoria City Hall, Antechamber

Wednesday, January 25
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 @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.