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.

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.
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

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.

Volunteer Fair: ESS & Cyclist Response Teams

Are you calm under pressure, want to be part of the action in an emergency, and give back to your community? The City of Victoria and the Canadian Red Cross invite you to attend their upcoming Volunteer Fair to learn about volunteering with Victoria’s Emergency Social Services (ESS) and Cyclist Response (CRT) Teams. Join us Tuesday, March 26 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.) at Victoria City HallLearn more.

The City and the Canadian Red Cross have partnered 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.

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.