How to Stay Informed

Do not call 911 unless there is a life-threatening emergency.

Emergency Officials will rely partly on local media and the internet to get information to the public. The radio, twitter, and cable TV are some of the tools that officials will use to help communicate evacuation alerts and bulletins. Tune into local media for news updates via your emergency radio. Include a battery-powered or hand-crank radio in your emergency kit.

Become familiar with your local broadcasters. In Greater Victoria, local media include:

If you are online, join the conversation on Twitter, and follow your local emergency program(s) for official updates:


Join the conversation; #Hashtags can be used to connect and share information online about emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Some popular Hashtags in the Capital Region include: #YYJ #preparedness #emergencykit #preparenow #BCStorm #BCWildfire #BCearthquake #earthquake #BCtsunami #tsunami #evacuation #BCHwy14 #VanIsle #WestShore

Additional Resources

Many trusted organizations share preparedness and emergency information via Twitter including: Emergency Info BC @EmergencyInfoBC; Drive BC @DriveBC; PreparedBC @PreparedBC; Earthquakes Canada @CANADAquakes; U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center @NWS_NTWC; and Environment Canada Weather British Columbia @ECCCWeatherBC