Are you ready for an emergency?

Have you checked your emergency kit lately? May 3-9 is Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) across Canada, a perfect time to review what to do in the event of a crisis on campus or at home.

“Every member of the campus community needs to be personally prepared, and EP Week is a great time to take a few more steps toward being ready for any kind of crisis—just in case,” says Daphne Donaldson, UVic’s manager of emergency planning.

Communicating in an emergency

In an emergency on campus, do you know where to get information? If the local phones are down, how will you communicate with your family?

We all have a role to play by being personally prepared for an emergency. This week, find out more about communicating in an emergency, check out some useful tips & tricks, and be prepared!

Have you registered for the UVic Emergency Alerts notification system? Visit to register your mobile phone for text messaging—and follow @uvicemerg on Twitter.

Emergency testing on May 7

During EP Week, we will be testing our Emergency Alerts notification system and posting a test emergency slide on the digital signage system. We will also be posting a test advisory on the UVic home page. Please do not be alarmed if you see a test UVic home page or test emergency digital sign briefly on the morning of Thursday, May 7.

Additional resources

To view and download the university’s campus evacuation map and emergency procedures poster, visit the Emergency Planning website at For more resources, check the Emergency Management BC website at

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Keywords: emergency, administrative

People: Daphne Donaldson

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