Volunteers needed for Bootfest

Oct. 1, 2017 at 4:42 p.m.
Updated Oct. 2, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Jennifer Sourdellia

Jennifer Sourdellia   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

Jennifer Sourdellia

Are opportunities available to volunteer at Bootfest?

Yes, there are opportunities to volunteer at Bootfest 2017. The Convention and Visitors Bureau always needs the help of hundreds of volunteers to guarantee the success of Victoria's biggest free festival, and this year is no different.

Without the help of volunteers, Bootfest would not be possible.

A variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages are available Oct. 6 and 7. Volunteers are needed to help with festival setup and to work in the beer booths, frozen drink booth, Kids Corral, beer ticket booths and ID checking. Every volunteer receives a free T-shirt.

This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals as well as student groups, community groups and corporate groups.

Volunteers in alcohol and ticket sales must be 21 years old or older, but volunteers as young as 13 can work in the Kids Corral with their parents.

Volunteers should check in 10 minutes before their shifts at the volunteer headquarters inside the Junior League of Victoria Building, 202 N. Main St.

Register online to volunteer at bootfest.org/get-involved/volunteer/

I do not use the internet or Facebook. During Hurricane Harvey, I had a difficult time finding information about what was happening. I want to be better prepared in case a hurricane threatens Victoria again. How can someone like me receive important emergency information in the future if it's only available online?

Before and during Hurricane Harvey, the city of Victoria primarily used social media, specifically Facebook, as a way to distribute emergency information to a significant number of people who "follow" our page. We understand, though, that not everyone uses the internet or social media. In addition to social media, residents who are registered to receive emergency notifications should have received a few different phone calls or messages with recorded information about the storm, including the mandatory evacuation and curfew that were put into place.

If you have not done so already, the city encourages all residents to stay informed by registering your cellphone or landline phone number with Swift911, an emergency alert notification system that allows local officials to communicate emergency information to the Victoria community during emergencies.

Swift911 is a high-speed emergency notification system that alerts residents to emergency situations, including severe weather, missing and endangered people or significant road closures due to fatality accidents or other unplanned incidents in the local area.

The program has the capability of delivering pre-recorded messages to the entire county via telephone, cellphone, email and text messaging.

There are two ways to opt in and provide contact information for this service.

• A sign-up portal is available on the Victoria Office of Emergency Management webpage at victoriatx.org/departments/emergency-management; click on the Emergency Notification link and sign up through the Swift911 logo.

• Residents also may receive the Swift911 Mobile App by texting "Swift911" to "99538." The response text will be a link for the Swift 911 app in the app store.

For more information, call 361-580-5770.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.


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