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Saanich Emergency Program

Municipal Preparedness

The District of Saanich has an Emergency Plan Bylaw which outlines the local legislative framework for our municipal emergency plan.

Get Prepared

Are you ready?
Personal Emergency Preparedness Handbook

Get Involved

Volunteer for the Saanich Emergency Program.

Types of Emergencies

Earthquakes, tsunamis, severe storms, pandemic, wild fire and urban fires.

What's New?


Next Emergency Preparedness Presentation

When disaster strikes, your chances of staying safe, healthy and comfortable are much better if you are prepared. This 90-minute presentation offers the information you need to prepare yourself and your family to survive on your own for up to seven days after any type of disaster. The topics include: five disasters most likely to affect Saanich residents; how to respond and protect yourself during these disaters; how to handle utilities and sanitation if services are disrupted; responding to evaucation orders; communicating with family and friends; emergency water, food and equpment; and personal "grab and go" bags. Each household participating in the presentation will receive a free take-home workbook to help with emergency planning.

Thursday, October 23 , 2014 7-8:30 p.m.

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Road

Register for Course #611705 at (250) 475-7121

 

 

VOLUNTEER WITH US!

Are you interested in Emergency Preparedness and helping your community? We are looking for individuals to volunteer with the Saanich Emergency Program. Enhance your own preparedness and learn skills to assist others during an emergency or disaster. We are recruiting for positions in Emergency Social Services and Emergency Radio Communications. All training provided.

The Saanich Emergency Program

is hosting an Volunteer Information Session

Tuesday, September 16th, 7:00 pm

Feltham Room

Gordon Head Recreation Centre

4100 Lambrick Way

For questions or to rsvp, please contact maegan.thompson@saanich.ca or 250.475.7145

 

 

Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Presentation for May

Our last presentation for spring is on May 14th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, at Pearkes Recreation Centre. This presentation is now full. A second presentation, in a different room, has been arranged for the same evening and time. To register for this presentation, please call the Recreation Centre at 250 475-5400. The course number for this free presentation is #578704. Each household attending will receive a copy of our new handbook.

March Emergency Preparedness Presentation Is FULL.

Registration for the upcoming Emergency Preparedness presentation at Gordon Head Recreation Centre is now full. The next presentation will be held at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre on Saturday, April 5, 1-2:30 p.m. Registration is free. To register, call the recreation centre at 250 475-7121. The registration code is #578926.

Hot Off the Press...

The Saanich Emergency Program is very pleased to announce that workshop participants (1 per household) will now receive a new Handbook to complement the Personal Emergency Preparendness presentations offered in Saanich Recreation Centres or arranged for groups of 10 or more people.

The goal of the Handbook is:

* to help you prepare for and respond effectively to a wide variety of emergencies and disasters,

* to help you understand what constitutes a disaster,

* to help you develop a sense of how to prepare, and

* to motivate you to move forward.

The presentation and the Handbook will help prepare you and give you the confidence to face any disaster.

Personal Emergency Preparedness Handbook

 

 

Personal Emergency Preparedness

FREE public presentations

When disaster strikes, your chances of styaing safe, healthy and comfortable are much better if you are prepared.

This 90-minute presentation offers the information you need to prepared yourself and your family to survive on yor own for up to 7 days after any type of disaster.  The toopics included:  five disasters most likely to affect Saanich residents; how to respond and protect yourslef during these disasters; how to handle utilities and sanitatio if services are disrupted; responding to evacuation orders; communicating with family and friends; emergency water, food and equipment; and personal “grab and go” bags.  E#ach household participating in the presentation will receive a free take-home information booklet to help with emergency planning.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7-8:30 p.m.

Gordon Head Recreation Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way

Register for Course #578810 at (250) 475-7100

Saturday, April 5, 2014 1-2:30 p.m.

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedr Hill Road

Register for course # 578704 at (250) 475-5400

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7-8:30 p.m.

GR Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road

Register for Course #578704 at (250) 475-5400

 

 

NEW Tsunami Risk Assessments for CRD

According to scientific research, the risk of a significant tsunimi affecting Saanich is small when compared to the communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Nonetheless, it is important that residents understand the risks and be prepared to take precautions.

The Capital Regional Disctrict recently hired a consulatnt to conduct a tsunami risk assessment and to identify tsunami planning zones for CRD residents. Below is the link to the new tsunami brochure with a risk map for Saanich and a FAQ sheet. Please refer to these documents to educate yourself about the risk of a tsunami and to plan for your protection. Additional information can be found on this site under the heading Types of Emergencies.

2013 Saanich Tsunami Brochure

2013 Tsunami FAQ


Personal Emergency Preparedness Presentations

Sign up for our next free fall presentation on personal emergency preparedness!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 7-8:30 p.m.

Gordon Head Recreation Centre

4100 Lambrick Way (off Feltham Raod)

Register for Course # 556813 at (250) 475-7100


National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 5 - 11, 2013

Emergency Preparedness Week is designed to raise awareness of the importance of having an emergency kit and making an emergency plan. This annual event takes place across Canada each year during the first full week of May.  


The Great British Columbia ShakeOut
‘Show Me ShakeOut’ Poster Contest

Shake Out Logo On Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m., thousands of British Columbians will Drop, Cover
and Hold On in the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history! Students can help make this
event a success by creating a poster to help share the ShakeOut. As part of Emergency
Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2013), the ShakeOut Organizing Committee will be holding
‘Show Me ShakeOut’, a poster content for kindergarten to grade seven students from across
BC. For contest guidelines check out the website listed below:

http://www.shakeoutbc.ca/downloads/ShakeOutBCPosterContest.pdf


Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Presentations

Emergency preparedness begins with YOU. When disaster strikes, your chances of staying safe, healthy and comfortable are much better if you are prepared.

This free 90-minute presentation offers the information you need to prepare yourself and your family to survive on your own for up to 7 days after any type of disaster. The topics include: five disasters most likely to affect Saanich residents; how to respond and protect yourself during these disasters; how to handle utilities and sanitation if services are disrupted; responding to evacuation orders; communicating with family and friends; emergency water, food and equipment; and personal “grab and go” bags. Each household participating in the presentation will receive a free take-home information package to help with emergency planning.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.
Saanich Commonwealth Place
Register for course #516051 at (250) 475-7600

To request a private presentation for a minimum of 10 households in your neighbourhood (or multi-unit complex), contact the Saanich Emergency Program office: 250-475-7140.


Public Participation Survey

The District of Saanich Is Listening

Involving the public in discussions on matters that affect them is a long standing practice at the District of Saanich. The inclusion of diverse opinions, information and experiences has improved the quality of decisions made.

As public participation practices, citizen interest and technology evolve, it is important that we “check in” with residents and stakeholders to determine if there are improvements that we can make in our participation practices.

One of the initiatives identified in the 2012 – 2016 Strategic Plan was to develop a public participation policy and facilitate public participation training for staff. We need your feedback and invite you to complete a survey and offer your ideas on the principles and practices that the District should consider when planning public participation opportunities. Your feedback will be used to guide the development of a public participation policy and framework that will ensure a consistent organizational approach to public participation initiatives.

Public Participation Survey

Survey closes Friday, November 16th, 2012


Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Presentations

Emergency preparedness begins with YOU. When disaster strikes, your chances of staying safe, healthy and comfortable are much better if you are prepared.

This free 90-minute presentation offers the information you need to prepare yourself and your family to survive on your own for up to 7 days after any type of disaster. The topics include: five disasters most likely to affect Saanich residents; how to respond and protect yourself during these disasters; how to handle utilities and sanitation if services are disrupted; responding to evacuation orders; communicating with family and friends; emergency water, food and equipment; and personal “grab and go” bags. Each household participating in the presentation will receive a free take-home information package to help with emergency planning.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7-8:30 p.m.
Saanich Commonwealth Place
4636 Elk Lake Drive
Register for course #500470 at (250) 475-7600

To request a private presentation for a minimum of 10 households in your neighbourhood (or multi-unit complex), contact the Saanich Emergency Program office: 250-475-7140.


Saanich Fire Department Open House

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 10 AM - 2 PM
#1 FIRE HALL, 760 VERNON AVENUE

Join the Saanich Emergency Program in celebrating their 50th Anniversary at the Saanich Fire Department's Open House.

SEP will have demonstrations, displays and a free draw. In addition, the Fire Department will have static displays along with a 'live' rope rescue, fire extinguisher demonstrations and the Jaws of Life. And of course the fire trucks will be out for kids of all sizes to enjoy. See you at the Open House!


Jepp Grant Awarded to Saanich Emergency Program

The Saanich Emergency Program would like to thank the Federal Government, under the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP), for funds that will enable us to begin to develop a Light Urban Search and Rescue Capacity as per the Canadian Classification Guidelines.

July 22, 2011 Mayor Frank Leonard presented a 4-person survival kit to Leslie Vander Haegen today at the Saanich Fire Department.Names of 653 people who attended the Saanich Emergency Program's Emergency Preparedness Workshops from March 11 (date of Japan's large earthquake) to June 30, 2011 were entered in draw for the survival kit.

Find out about events and what's going on at the SEP calendar page

Welcome to the District of Saanich Emergency Program

The Saanich Emergency Program (SEP) is a division of the Saanich Fire Department that provides the citizens of Saanich with a response to emergencies, major emergencies and disasters. SEP provides for the continuity of government and the preservation of life and property through a coordinated response by elected officials, municipal departments, volunteer services and such outside agencies as may be able to assist during a major emergency or disaster.

Saanich has 100 municipal staff who have received Emergency Operations Centre training. Our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), will act as a 24-hour "mission control" during a large scale emergency.

172 Saanich volunteers routinely train and exercise to provide support to the EOC as well as provide community support throughout the year. They are involved in the program under four components.

  • Emergency Social Services (ESS) and ESS Level One
  • Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Team (COMMS)
  • Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP)

For more information about the Saanich Emergency Program and volunteer opportunities check out our site. If you have any questions or would like further information, please call us at:

Saanich Emergency Program
760 Vernon Avenue
Victoria BC V8X 2W6

E-mail: SEP@Saanich.ca
Phone: (250) 475-7140
Fax: (250) 475-5556

Last modified: September 25, 2014