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.

Ride the ShakeZone Mobile Earthquake Simulator at
Central Middle School

The community is invited to experience what an 8.0 magnitude earthquake feels like by taking a free ride in the ShakeZone mobile earthquake simulator on Thursday, September 19 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. outside Central Middle School at 1280 Fort Street. ShakeZone provides a realistic simulation of what a major earthquake will feel like in Victoria and is a reminder that we need to be prepared. 

The City of Victoria has partnered with the Greater Victoria School District to align classroom education about plate tectonics and earthquakes with a realistic earthquake simulation to enhance the learning experience for grade 8 students at Central Middle School and Victoria High School students. The public is welcome to ride the simulator from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., however it will be quieter after 3 p.m. Please note the simulator may be emotional for some youth.

Victoria Red Cross Emergency Support Services will be joined by ShakeOutBC and the Victoria Fire Department to share educational information on emergency preparedness. Stop by to ride the earthquake simulator and spin Emergency Management Victoria’s wheel of fun for a chance to win a free emergency kit. Hope to see you there!

Sign up to ShakeOut on Thursday, October 17

Get ready to ShakeOut Victoria! A month from now on Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 a.m., thousands of British Columbians will Drop, Cover, and Hold On for two minutes in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut (ShakeOutBC) province-wide earthquake drill. The City of Victoria is proud to be participating in the drill and encourages Victoria households, schools, businesses, organizations, and media to sign up online to participate at ShakeOutBC.ca

Get Your Kit Together Victoria!

The earthquakes in California this year are a reminder that we live in a seismically-active area. Ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared by knowing your risks, making a plan, getting your kit together, and getting connected.

Is your family prepared for an emergency such as a power outage, winter storm, earthquake or tsunami? Your family needs to have enough food, water and supplies to cope at least seven days without outside assistance, depending on the emergency. 

Don’t know what to include in your emergency kit? We’ve got you covered with helpful videos and kit lists for your home, vehicle, kids and pets.

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.

Vic Alert

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

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 Preparedness 101 - What You Need to Know

Although tsunamis are rare, it’s important to understand the impact of a tsunami on Victoria and what to do in the event of a tsunami warning. Here's what you need to know.

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. The workshops break for the summer and start up again in September.

Volunteer With Us!

Are you calm under pressure and community minded? Check out volunteering opportunities with the Victoria Red Cross Emergency Support Services Team, Cyclist Response Team, and our Auxiliary Communications Services Team. Free training provided. Learn more.

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 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.

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