Emergency Preparedness Week

National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 7 - 13. Are you and your family prepared for an emergency?

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, work or vehicle 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 workshops will take place at the Victoria City Hall Antechamber on:

Wednesday, May 10
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Monday, June 5
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Register by email at 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:

  • Read our blog post "Get Your Kit Together Victoria!"
  • In the event of an 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.
  • Check out the Get Your Kit Together video series for tips on what to include in your emergency kits. Ready-made emergency kits are available at local retailers or you can assemble your own using these helpful kit lists.
  • Social media is a way for you to communicate with loved ones and others in a disaster when phone lines may be over-loaded, and is a way to receive emergency 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.