Last updated: September 29, 2021

Emergency Management

For the second year in a row, the City is dedicating the month of October to raising awareness on emergency preparedness.

Beginning with Fire Prevention Week from October 3-9, in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association, the City will share messages about learning the sounds of fire safety.

The week of October 10, residents can get ready for an emergency, such as an earthquake, by preparing an emergency kit, signing up for call alerts and creating an emergency plan.

On Thursday, October 21, 2021 get ready to drop, cover and hold on! The Great ShakeOut BC earthquake drill will take place at 10:21 a.m. Residents can participate by registering at and then listening for the drill on 102.3 FM The Wave or 106.9 FM The Wolf radio stations.

Finally, the City of Nanaimo will send out a test alert on the Voyent Alert! system on October 28, be sure to  sign up today!.

Emergency Management Program

The mission of the program: to create and maintain a cooperative organization to manage risks from major emergencies and disasters that may affect the City of Nanaimo.

The two-part mission statement has been adopted to guide emergency management actions in the City of Nanaimo. The term "emergency management" reflects the intent to continuously examine actions that might help reduce the likelihood and impact of major emergencies and disasters. These actions include:

  • understanding the risks
  • taking all reasonable steps to reduce the threat
  • planning for both response and recovery
  • ensuring site support teams and community residents are prepared to act when needed
  • continually evaluating and improving the program

City of Nanaimo 2018 Emergency Response and Recovery Plan  newly updated

Hazard, Risk & Vulnerability Analysis for Nanaimo

Preparedness Now

Hazmat Suits

A simulation of a hypothetical, but realistic disaster scenario that looks at what damage can be expected and what people can do to prepare themselves.

Plan for an Emergency

Public Safety Canada publishes a wide variety of products aimed at helping citizens know the risks and get prepared for emergencies.  The publications can be downloaded and printed.

Make a Family Emergency Plan - In an emergency if phones don't work or families aren't together, what will you do?  Get key steps to take during an emergency such as an earthquake, severe storm, flood, and more. 

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