While the CRD provides a high level of service in emergency management, the most effective source of preparedness starts with the individual. Find tips and information on what you can do to prepare for an emergency or disaster or sign up for a workshop to learn more. There are also many volunteer opportunities that can not only help you learn more about emergency preparedness, but also allows you to contribute to building a stronger, more disaster resilient community.

Workshops Available

City of Victoria - FREE Lunch & Learn: Earthquakes

Sep 25, 2019, 12pm-1pm

Victoria, City Hall Antechamber

Event Information

The City of Victoria invites you to bring a lunch and join them for guest lecturer Edwin Nissen. This free event will included an earthquake 101 lesson on faults, the earthquake cycle, and seismic waves. You'll learn about the important difference between earthquake magnitude and intensity scales, before considering how to prepare and what to do in an earthquake. 

Please email your  RSVP to Victoria Ready by Friday September 20.   

For more information about this event please visit this link.  

About the guest lecturer: Edwin Nissen is an Associate Professor and the Canada Research Chair in Geophysics at the University of Victoria, where he leads a research group studying earthquakes and active tectonics. 


City of Victoria

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Volunteer Opportunities for Emergency Services

Volunteers are vital to shaping and protecting our communities. Local knowledge and dedication are crucial during an emergency situation.

The Southern Gulf Islands and Juan de Fuca Fire Departments are always seeking interested persons for participation in the volunteer Fire Service. For more information, please contact your local Fire Department.

The Southern Gulf Islands Emergency Program, Juan de Fuca Emergency Program, and the Salt Spring Island Emergency Program are always looking for volunteers to assist with the many facets of emergency response and management including local neighbourhood programs, Emergency Support Services, Emergency Operations Centres, Emergency Radio Communications, and more. Please contact your local emergency program coordinator for more information.

The Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue and the Salt Spring Island Search and Rescue are always interested in new members. Contact your local Search and Rescue to learn more about getting involved.

The BC Ambulance Service has volunteer support opportunities available.

Galiano: 250.539.3040
Mayne: 250.539.3057
Pender: 250.629.6344

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue has volunteer opportunities available. If you are interested in becoming part of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary please call 778.352.1780 or visit their website.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Auxiliary Constable Program strengthens community and police partnerships by providing trained volunteers with the opportunity to perform a variety of authorized activities that enhance community policing and crime prevention initiatives. If you are interested in becoming part of this program, contact your local detachment or visit their website.