Emergency Preparedness

The City of Victoria’s Emergency Management Division operates out of the Victoria Fire Department and is responsible for preparedness, planning, mitigation, response and recovery for major emergencies including fire, floods, earthquake, tsunami, extreme weather, etc. VictoriaReady encourages every person, business and organization to get prepared for emergencies. We offer expertise, free resources and materials, an emergency public notification system, volunteer opportunities and emergency preparedness workshops.

Stay Informed

Vic-Alert is the City of Victoria's free emergency notification service. Sign up to receive important emergency information.

Know Your Hazards

Knowing the types of hazards that could occur is an important first step to ensure that you are prepared for any type of emergency.

Prepare Your Community

Learn about ways to connect with your neighbours and be better prepared

Volunteer With Us

Join a dedicated team of volunteers serving their community to support emergency preparedness, response and recovery

Emergency Preparedness Workshops

The City offers free VictoriaReady workshops to help you learn how to:

  • prepare for emergencies
  • make a plan
  • get your emergency kit together
  • connect with your community

Find and register for a workshop

If you are unable to register online, please call 250.920.3373 or email emvic@victoria.ca and provide your name, phone number and the session you wish to attend.

Watch a recorded Workshop

Book a Free Workshop for Your Group

If you would like to host one of the workshops listed below, please contact us.

  • Emergency Preparedness Workshop for your business, community group or housing complex.
  • Business Continuity Workshop to help prepare your business plan for emergencies and ensure critical functions are maintained. 

Annual ShakeOutBC Earthquake Drill

The annual ShakeOutBC earthquake drill occurs on the third Thursday of October every year. Register with ShakeOutBC to participate.