The IBC Quake Cottage Earthquake Simulator

In an effort to help increase public awareness of our local earthquake risk, the Local Government Emergency Program Advisory Commission (LGEPAC) has partnered with Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and Health Emergency Management BC to bring the IBC Shake Zone Earthquake Simulator to the Region. This portable earthquake simulator, operated by Quake Cottage, allows people to safely experience a significant 8.0 magnitude earthquake.

Natural Resources Canada estimates that there is a 30% chance that a major earthquake will strike BC in the next 50 years and an IBC commissioned study from 2013 indicates that such an earthquake could result in $75 billion in overall economic losses. The most important part of a resilient community is the preparedness of their residents, and this interactive simulator will help you understand why you need to get prepared!

These events are free for the public to attend and are scheduled to be at these locations:

Sunday May 15 10am - 3pm Mary Winspear Centre
Monday May 16 10am – 4pm Royal Jubilee Hospital
Wednesday May 18 9:30am – 3:30pm University of Victoria McPherson Library
Thursday May 19 12 – 6pm Esquimalt Town Square
Friday May 20 10am – 4pm Victoria General Hospital
Saturday May 21 10am - 3pm Mayfair Mall
Sunday May 22 10am - 4pm Sooke Fire Station


We all have an individual responsibility to be prepared for emergencies. Do you know how much food, water, and other supplies are necessary to sustain you and your family for at least seven days? What are some of the supplies you should have in an emergency kit? Do you know how to prepare an emergency plan for you and your family? Do you know the risks in the Capital Region? This website will provide answers to these questions as well as helpful resources to prepare you and your family for any disaster.

This website is a collaboration between local government emergency programs in the Capital Region which is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and is comprised of 13 municipalities and three electoral areas. The site is designed to be an ongoing source of emergency preparedness information to residents, resulting in increased resilience on a local level.

Find your local emergency program!

The Guide To Emergency Preparedness in the Capital Region

Local emergency programs in the Region have collaborated to create an emergency preparedness guide to help you and your family get ready for any emergency. The book contains information on what do before, during, and after an emergency, and includes handy checklists so you don't forget anything.

Regional Emergency Preparedness Information

Now is the time to ensure you and your family are prepared for a power outage, earthquake or tsunami. The Capital Regional District has a one in three probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. It's not a matter of if an earthquake will happen, but when.

Become Prepared, not Scared!

For more information on Emergency Preparedness:

  1. Regional: (this website!)
  2. Provincial: Emergency Management BC Preparedness
  3. Federal: Government of Canada Preparedness
  4. Pet Preparedness: Emergency Preparedness for Pets

Looking for Tsunami Preparedness Information?

Help us spread the word about BC tsunami awareness. Check out the resources below produced by Emergency Management BC. This Earthquake and Tsunami Smart Manual and website encourage British Columbians to know the risks, get prepared and make a plan.

Upcoming Events


Tsunami Preparedness Week - April 10 - 16

Tsunami Preparedness

The probability that a tsunami will do damage along British Columbia's coast is small, but very real. If you live in a coastal area of the Capital Region, you and your family need to know what to do in the event of a tsunami and be prepared to respond.

Stay Alert for Natural Warnings of Tsunami

Tsunami signs to watch for:

  • A sudden rise or fall of ocean level
  • A loud roaring noise coming from the ocean
  • Ground shaking

Be ready. Know what to do.

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