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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?

Saanich Recognizes Emergency Program Volunteers

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week April 12-18, 2015 and the Saanich Emergency Program is very proud of the 120 volunteers who support Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Social Services, Communications and Search and Rescue teams.

“Thankfully disasters and large scale emergencies are rare events here in Saanich,” says Deputy Fire Chief Frank Macdonald. “To keep skills up to date and emergency response plans current, our volunteers are continually training and are ready to respond.”

Emergency Program volunteers provide emergency preparedness presentations, assist residents displaced by fires, participate in search and rescue operations and wilderness training exercises, and provide communications support to large public events.

“Saanich Emergency Program volunteers make an incredible contribution to our community.
Volunteers not only help build our response capacity, they learn new skills and grow their relationships,” says Macdonald.

Saanich Emergency Program volunteer Terrance Berscheid is a perfect example of the greater impact of volunteering. Terrance gives countless hours to his community. He has volunteered
with the Saanich Emergency Program since 2004 as a core member of both the Communications and Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program teams.

Since his first Emergency Preparedness presentation in October 2007 to the Tillicum Terrace Blockwatch group, Terrance has amazingly delivered 141 Emergency Program presentations to
2601 people.

Volunteers have been an integral component of the Saanich Emergency Program since it was formed in 1963. Volunteering is the foundation much of British Columbia’s major emergency
response capacity is built upon. Approximately 13,000 people across the province volunteer their time and expertise preparing for and responding to emergency situations.

More information about Saanich’s Emergency Program can be found here

“There's always room for more Emergency Program volunteers. You can join the team by calling the Emergency Program Office at 250-475-7140,” says Macdonald.


2015 Emergency Preparedness Presentations

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 disasters; how to handle utilities and sanitation if services are disrupted; responding to evaucation 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 workbook to help with emergency planning.


Saturday, February 21, 2015  1-2:30 p.m.

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Road

Register for Course # 645232 at (250) 475-7121


Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m.

G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road

Register for Course #645231 at (250) 475-5400


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7-8:30 p.m.

Gordon Head Recreation Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way

Register for Course #645229 at (250) 475-7100



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.

For more information please contact or 250.475.7145


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


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

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

Phone: (250) 475-7140
Fax: (250) 475-5556

Last modified: April 16, 2015