Emergency Preparedness Week (May 5 - 11) - What's Planned and What You Can Do

National Emergency Preparedness Week (May 5 – 11, 2019) kicked off on Sunday. This annual event is an opportunity to get you and your family better prepared for emergencies, such as knowing about hazards that can impact Victoria, putting emergency kits together, creating a family reunification plan, and connecting with neighbours.

Here’s what’s planned and what you can do to be prepared for an emergency:

FREE Emergency Preparedness Workshop
On Tuesday, May 7, attend a FREE workshop to learn about hazards that can affect Victoria, what to include in emergency kits, what you can do to protect yourself and your home from hazards such as earthquakes, and how to reunite with your loved ones after a disaster.

The workshop takes place from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Cook Street Village Activity Centre, 380 Cook Street. View the 2019 Victoria Emergency Preparedness Workshop schedule.

Victoria Ready at Central Library
On Wednesday, May 8, drop by the Victoria Ready outreach table from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Central Branch to learn more and ask questions about what you and your family can do to prepare for an emergency.

FREE Disaster Movie Screening: San Andreas
Enjoy a FREE screening of the Hollywood blockbuster movie San Andreas, complete with live, scientific commentary from Alison Bird, a Natural Resources Canada earthquake seismologist, about what we can actually expect from an earthquake in Victoria. Join us for this PG-rated film on Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street. Register for free tickets online.

Testing of City of Victoria Website Emergency Notification System
POSTPONED:
Due to the fire at the former Plaza Hotel on Monday, we postponed the testing of our website emergency notification system. In the event of a major emergency, helpful information and updates will be posted on the City of Victoria home page, which will be accessible from any City web page.

Sign up for Vic-Alert
Sign up online for Vic-Alert, the City of Victoria's free emergency notification service. Vic-Alert sends you updates and helpful instructions by text, phone and email on major emergencies that may impact you. 

Testing of Canada's Alert Ready System
On Wednesday, May 8 at 1:55pm, Emergency Management BC will test Canada's Alert Ready system. Each participating province or territory will issue one test message via television, radio and compatible devices. Learn the difference between Vic-Alert and Alert Ready.

Get Your Kit Together!
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.

Check if You’re in the “Zone”
Although tsunamis are rare, it’s important to know if you’re located in Victoria’s “tsunami hazard zone”. You’re safe from a tsunami if you are located four metres (13 feet) above sea level. View Victoria’s Tsunami Hazard Map.

Sign up to ShakeOut
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. In the event of an earthquake, Drop, Cover and Hold On until the shaking stops. Sign up now to participate in the 2019 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 a.m. at ShakeOutBC.ca.

Connect with Us
In the event of a major emergency, local radio stations, and the City’s website and social media channels will be key ways to communicate and receive timely updates (e.g. safe places to go if you are unable to shelter in place or stay with family or friends). Connect with us:

Learn more at VictoriaReady.ca.