Tsunami Awareness Week

April 12 to 18, 2021 is Tsunami Awareness Week! The word ‘tsunami’ is comprised of the Japanese words ‘tsu’ (meaning harbour) and ‘nami’ (meaning wave). A tsunami is a series of large waves created by a disturbance that is usually associated with earthquakes occurring below or near the ocean. 

A tsunami along B.C.’s coast is rare but still something that we should all be prepared for. For those visiting, living, or working in coastal areas, you can better understand your risk by checking out the CRD’s Flood Inundation Mapping Project report which contains new tsunami risk mapping information - to learn more and to read the report, please visit: Coastal Flood Inundation Mapping Project | CRD.

A great way to make sure that you are notified of emergencies that may impact Victoria is by signing up for the City’s new emergency notification system Vic Alert powered by Alertable. Signing up for Vic-Alert is easy and can be done from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. You can sign up to receive emergency notifications by text message, email, or phone call, however, we do encourage residents to sign up for the app to receive additional emergency notification information. To learn more and to register, check out Victoria.ca/VicAlert.

VictoriaReady, the City’s Emergency Management Program, has some great tips on their website on how to be prepared for emergencies, including tsunamis. You can find this information at VictoriaReady.ca.