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In the case of a public safety incident, your local emergency program may use a public alert system to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to residents who have registered. This information can help you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what to expect.

The local emergency program public alert system is optional, and you will only receive notifications if you sign up for this service. However, information will also be available through local media coverage and your local emergency program. Please note: not all local emergency programs within the capital region have a public alert system.

These notification systems will send alerts for public safety incidents such as earthquakes, wildfires, tsunami alerts or evacuation notices. On occasion you may receive a test notification to validate the system.

Public Alert Systems in the Capital Region 

Westshore Alert

Westshore Alert provides public safety information to residents of Colwood, Highlands, Langford, and View Royal. Please visit Westshore Alert for more information about signing up.

Electoral Areas Public Alert Notification System (PANS)

CRD Electoral Area residents can register to receive public alert notifications by phone, text, or email. Residents of the Salt Spring Island, Southern Gulf Islands, and Juan de Fuca Electoral Areas are invited to learn more information about registering for PANS. 

Saanich Peninsula Alert

Central Saanich, North Saanich and the Town of Sidney have joined together to provide public safety alerts to residents of the Saanich Peninsula.


New in 2021 the City of Victoria's free emergency notification system is now powered by Alertable. Vic-Alert provides important emergency information via your choice of text, email or phone call. Read more>> 

Esquimalt Alert

Esquimalt Alert is a multi-purpose communication service. Residents may subscribe to receive emergency notifications, day-to-day communications (such as snow removal advisories, water advisories, etc.), and general notices such as traffic advisories, pool closures and more. Read more >>

Oak Bay Alert

Oak Bay Alert provides public safety information to residents of Oak Bay. Read more >>

Alert Ready

Provincial and Federal Governments maintain their own wireless public alerting system, called Alert Ready.

Note: Any Alerts sent via Alert Ready takes precedence over any notifications sent via the local public alerting notification systems.