Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Emergency Management

An emergency is a harmful event that has wide-scale impact on a community. Emergencies can be directly health-related, such as pandemic influenza, SARS and West Nile virus. More commonly, emergencies are related to events that have health consequences. Examples include hazardous substance releases, earthquakes, multiple casuality incidents, severe weather events and technological disruptions.

Island Health is constantly working to reduce the risk of disaster and ensure strategies and trained staff are in place to provide an effective response in the event that disaster occurs. 

For more information, visit Emergency Management Resources.

Read more about our Emergency Management Cycle.

Contact Information

Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC)

Gorge Road Hospital, Room 3301
63 Gorge Road East
Victoria, B.C. V9A 1L2

Phone: 250.519.3484
Fax:     250.519.5338
Email:   hembc@viha.ca

HEMBC Contacts

Department Leaders

Corporate Director: Gerry Delorme