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.

While we can’t predict or prevent a major earthquake, there are some simple things we can do to protect our families and be prepared for it.

What To Do During an Earthquake

Drop, Cover and Hold On! is the best action you can do to reduce injury and death during an earthquake.                                                 

  • DROP to the floor (before the earthquake drops you)
  • Take COVER under a desk or sturdy piece of furniture and protect your head, and
  • HOLD ON to the piece of furniture until the shaking stops, then count to 60 before uncovering.

You and your family can practise Drop, Cover and Hold On! by signing up online to participate in the annual Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:18 a.m.

Earthquake Notification

In the event of a major earthquake, local radio stations and social media will be key ways to communicate and receive timely updates (e.g. safe places to go should you be displaced from your home).

Get Your Kit Together!

Get your kit together Victoria! Emergency kits should include supplies you and your family or business will need to cope for at least seven days without outside assistance. Ready-made kits are available for purchase at local hardware stores or you can assemble your own over time.

What to include in your emergency kits?

Make a Plan

Chances are you and your family members won’t be together when a major earthquake occurs. Having an emergency plan and methods in place to reconnect with family and loved ones is incredibly important after an earthquake. Establishing a meeting location and an out-of-area contact person are two key ways to reconnect.

Attend a Free Workshop

Attend a FREE Emergency Preparedness Workshop to learn more about the hazards that can affect Victoria and how to be prepared for them. View the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Workshop schedule.

Tsunami Readiness

The City of Victoria is not at high risk of a damaging tsunami as other areas of Vancouver Island are. What you need to know.



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