Emergency Preparedness

We invite residents and businesses to rethink what it means to be emergency prepared. The good news is you’re actually more prepared than you think.

Disaster-resilient communities are made up of people who practise ‘everyday readiness’ such as knowing your neighbours, making sure your cell phone is always charged, and buying a few extra tins of food each time you’re at the store.

Together we are ready.

Getting Started

There are simple things you and your family can do to prepare for an emergency. And you may already be doing them! Check out our helpful VictoriaReady brochure to see where you're at and what you need to do. Learn what you need to be ready

Sign Up for Vic-Alert

Vic-Alert is the City of Victoria's emergency notification service. Vic-Alert sends you updates and instructions by text, phone and email on major emergencies that may impact you. Learn more and sign up for Vic-Alert.

WANTED: "Earthquake Evacuees" for Reception Centre Exercise

WANTED: Individuals, families and their pets to portray “Evacuees” who have been displaced from their homes due to a major earthquake. Break out your acting skills and volunteer to participate in Emergency Management Victoria’s emergency reception centre exercise on Sunday, November 18 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the James Bay Community School Centre at 140 Oswego Street.

Don’t be afraid to ham it up! The more realistic the exercise, the better prepared the Victoria Red Cross ESS team will be.

Volunteer evacuees will have an opportunity to win a Grab & Go emergency kit, and complimentary refreshments will be provided. Pets are welcome. Dogs should be on leash and cats are to arrive in carrying cases. The exercise will take approximately 45 minutes for each "Evacuee".

Emergency Management Victoria is the City’s resource for helping the community prepare for an emergency. With the assistance of the South Island Pets Team, the reception centre exercise will provide the Victoria Red Cross Emergency Social Services (ESS) team an opportunity to practise their skills, and volunteer evacuees will gain an understanding of how a reception centre works and the types of services provided.

The Victoria Red Cross ESS team is a partnership between the City and Canadian Red Cross to provide seamless services to those impacted by emergencies during the initial 72 hours of an emergency response, through to the recovery phase.

A reception centre is a safe place for those displaced by an emergency to obtain short-term services such as meals, clothing and toiletries, temporary lodging, assistance in re-uniting with loved ones, and information updates. Special services such as pet care and emotional support may also be offered.

We hope you can join us!

FREE Emergency Preparedness Workshops

Check out what to include in your family's emergency kits and register for one of our free workshops to learn more about what you need to be prepared to cope for up to seven days in the event of a major emergency or disaster. View the 2019 Workshop Schedule.

NEW: Victoria Red Cross ESS Volunteer Team

The City and the Canadian Red Cross are partnering to provide Emergency Social Services (ESS) to Victoria residents. This multi-year pilot will enable seamless services to those impacted by emergencies during the initial 72 hours of an emergency response through to the recovery phase. All Victoria Red Cross ESS volunteers will receive world-class training and will be part of the largest international humanitarian network. Learn more.

Earthquake Readiness

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. Learn what you need to be ready.

Tsunami Readiness

The tsunami warning earlier this year is a reminder that emergencies can happen at any time. Learn what a tsunami is, the three types of tsunami alerts, and what you need to do depending on where you live in Victoria. Check out this helpful brochure and map to see if "you're in the zone".

Connect and Prepare:
Resilience and Emergency Preparedness for Neighbourhoods

Victoria Ready has partnered with Building Resilient Neighbourhoods to deliver Connect and Prepare, a resilience and emergency preparedness pilot program for neighbourhoods. Through a series of facilitated workshops, the support of micro-grants and program materials, three Victoria neighbourhoods participated in the pilot roll-out from December 2017 to April 2018 to learn how to strengthen emergency preparedness and connections among their neighbours. The pilot program will be offered again in early 2019. Learn more.

Tips to Emergency Preparedness

Here are some tips to help you and your family be prepared for an emergency! 


City of Victoria Emergency Plan

The City of Victoria Emergency Plan provides the framework to enhance the coordination of its emergency response. The Plan provides a methodology framework through which the City will mobilize its resources to mitigate, respond and recover from a major emergency or disaster. The Plan is designed to ensure that all agencies which may become involved in a major emergency or disaster are aware of their respective roles and responsibilities.

View the City of Victoria Emergency Plan [PDF - 2.8 MB].

Everyday readiness for every person, every business, every organization.