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Public safety

Free workshops: Emergency preparedness

The best way to stay safe during any emergency is to be prepared. 

Take a free workshop, and learn exactly how to protect yourself, your family, your pets, and your property during earthquakes or other disasters.

Register for a free workshop

Keeping you safe during and after a fire, natural disaster, or other emergency, is a City priority. It is important to remember, though, that everyone plays a role in making sure we all stay safe and secure.

Emergency preparedness education

Attend a free workshop or watch a 20 minute video on how to get prepared for emergencies.

Extreme weather

We're already experiencing climate change as more intense and frequent extreme weather events. Find out how to stay safe in extreme weather.

Staying safe in hot weather

Even in temperate, coastal BC, heat can be harmful. Find out how to stay cool during the summer in Vancouver.

Staying safe during winter weather

Snow, ice and freezing temperatures may increase your risk of illness or injury. Take steps to protect your health during winter conditions.

Wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke can affect your health. Reducing exposure to wildfire smoke is the best way to protect your health.


Vancouver is at a high-risk of having an earthquake. Be prepared. Learn what we are doing and how you can help if an earthquake strikes.

Fire safety

Keeping yourself, your family, and your home safe from a fire. Get prevention tips, apply for fire permits and inspections, fill out a fire safety plan, and find out what to do after a fire.

Hazards that could affect our city

Find out what natural disasters can happen where you live and work, so you can learn how to be prepared for them.

How Vancouver prepares for emergencies

Learn about City of Vancouver projects and initiatives for keeping our city safe during an earthquake or other disaster.

Volunteer to help in an emergency

Learn how you can volunteer for public events, emergencies, disasters, and help others prepare for an emergency.

Report storm related issues

Tell us about issues related to the storm, such as flooding, fallen trees, and broken street lights and signs.

Security alarm permit

Apply for and manage your security alarm permit.

Public safety alerts

During emergency situations, stay informed about important safety instructions and updates in the city of Vancouver.

Report an issue online

Use the Van311 on your desktop computer or smartphone — a quick and easy way to connect with us.