Residents who live or work near VC can receive emergency alerts too

Oct. 8, 2011 at 5:08 a.m.

Julian Cavazos

Julian Cavazos

By Julian Cavazos

I live in a neighborhood very close to Victoria College, and heard that the campus was on lockdown Sept. 21 after a man fired several shots in the Sports Center. I was told that VC students and employees received emergency alerts by phone or email several minutes after the incident occurred. Though I am neither a VC employee nor student, is it possible for me to receive alerts, too?

Yes, it is. Students, faculty and staff received alerts through the VC Emergency Alert System. VC administrators want all community members who live or work near the college to be informed about any unexpected, imminent danger that may occur on campus as well. All neighboring residents and businesses interested in receiving alerts in an emergency situation can call 361-573-3291 and provide the following information:

First and last name

Cell phone number

Home or work number

Email address

VC wants to be prepared in case another emergency situation arises. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, VC will conduct an emergency alert system test. All who call VC and provide the above information by Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. should receive the test by text, phone call or email.

In addition, there were some VC students, faculty and staff who did not receive alerts about the incident. To ensure they receive an alert in the future, they must update their contact information in the Pirate Portal by following the instructions on

For any additional questions on VC's alert system, please call 361-573-3291.

For questions about Victoria College. Contact Julian Cavazos, marketing & communications assistant in the Marketing Department at 361-572-6456, or



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