$1,000 Awarded to Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Station as the NC811 Fire Station Marquee Challenge Winner

 

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Greensboro, NC (June 28, 2017) Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department in Greensboro has been chosen as the NC811 Fire Station Marquee Challenge grand prize winner for 2017 receiving a $1,000 check at a presentation that was streamed live on Facebook. Two honorable mentions, Onslow County Fire Marshal’s office, which submitted on behalf of the rural fire departments in Onslow County and Cape Fear Volunteer Fire Department received $400 for their entries.

Louis Panzer, Executive Director asked fire stations across the state to show their support during the month of April by posting a message to call “811” before any project on a marquee or post a safe digging banner. NC811 gave out almost 100 free banners to those fire departments lacking a marquee to help spread the word. The participants were asked to email a creative photo or video to highlight their efforts to keep residents in their communities safe.

“We are always looking for creative ways to keep the community safe by promoting the call 811 before you dig message.  Fire Departments are a great resource that are deeply ingrained in the community, which builds credibility,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager, Ann Rushing.  

When asked how the money will be used, Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department plans to purchase a voice modulator for Sparky as he interacts to spread a life saving message with kids. Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office will donate the money to support the “Fire Safety Through Literacy” program. This enables firefighters, public libraries and schools to have a nationally approved and age-appropriate fire safety message for children through the medium of children’s books. Onslow County’s Safe Kids coalition identified fire safety as a must tackle initiative in our community and therefore is a natural leader for this program. Cape Fear Volunteer Fire Department plans to use the funds for education as well.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first.  One free call to 811 three full working days prior to digging starts the process of having underground utility lines marked.  The simple call reduces the chance of diggers unintentionally striking a utility line (gas, electric, communications, water or sewer) and causing inconvenient outages, harm to themselves or others, and/or repair costs.  

About NC811
Since 1978, North Carolina 811 has provided a fast and easy communications link with local utility providers. The public provides NC811 information about excavation, NC811 transmits the information to utilities and they send out locators to mark underground utility lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging. For more information, visit www.nc811.org.

Media Contact:
NC811
Howard Corey
(336) 317-5999
howard@nc811.org

Looking for a Great Mother’s Day Present? Check out the Hanging Baskets at Ingles Markets

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Greensboro, NC (May 12, 2017) NC811 is excited to partner again with Ingles Markets and Van Wingerden International to provide 10,000 hanging baskets with the 811 safety message just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day. These colorful pots will show up in 180 stores throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.  To find a store near you, please click on Ingles Markets.

About NC811
Since 1978 North Carolina 811 has provided you a fast and easy communications link with your local utility providers. You give us your locate information, we transmit it to the utilities and then they send out locators to mark your underground lines for FREE. So remember, call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three business days before you plan on digging. More information about the services of NC811 is available at www.nc811.org.

About Ingles Markets
Robert Ingle opened the first Ingles supermarket in Asheville, North Carolina in 1963. He saw an opportunity to invest in smaller towns and rural communities throughout North and South Carolina that were being underserved by large grocery chains. It was a strategy that proved so successful that expansion into similar communities in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia soon followed. Ingles now operates approximately 200 stores in six southeastern states with annual sales of almost $4 billion.

Media Contact:
Howard Corey
336-317-5999
howard@nc811.org

Howard Corey talks about NSDM

On April 28, 2017 our very own Howard Corey was on WITN in Greenville talking about National Safe Digging Month.
 

Gov. Cooper Proclaims April as North Carolina Safe Digging Month

NC811 reminds local residents to call 811 before all digging projects

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GREENSBORO, NC (April 13, 2017) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a proclamation announcing April as NC Safe Digging Month yesterday at the Capital Building in Raleigh. These proclamations have been requested and obtained annually since 1988, a full 12 years before the formation of the common ground alliance. The proclamation reminds NC homeowners to call 811 before starting any outdoor digging project.

April marks the start of spring digging season, so NC811 and Gov. Cooper are encouraging homeowners to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

“Neglecting to call 811 before digging can have dangerous consequences,” said Gov. Cooper. “I urge every North Carolinian to take the time to use this valuable service.”

Governor Cooper took time to sit down and discuss with the group how the process works. When calling 811, homeowners are connected to NC811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, stakes or paint. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin around marked lines.

“We join the governor in strongly encouraging individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Louis Panzer, Executive Director – NC811. “By having underground lines marked, homeowners are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, necessitates a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

Visit www.nc811.org or www.call811.com for more information about 811 and the call-before-you-dig process.

Media Contact:
Ann Rushing
336-944-5518
annrushing@nc811.org

North Carolina 811 celebrates tenth annual National Safe Digging Month

NC811 encourages North Carolina residents to always call 811 

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Greensboro, NC, (March 30, 2017) – This April marks the tenth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding North Carolina residents to always call 811 three working days before any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to NC811, the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811.

“As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Louis Panzer, Executive Director of NC811. “By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

NC811 encourages area residents to visit http://www.nc811.org or http://www.call811.com for more information about digging safely.

Help NC811 share the 811 message of safety during April by downloading the NSDM Toolkit. Click share below to learn more.

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Media Contact:
Howard Corey
336-317-5999
howard@nc811.org

NAWIC observes Women in Construction Week March 5-11, 2017

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The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 5-11, 2017. NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

“The National Association of Women in Construction is committed to enhancing the success of all women in construction – not just those who are NAWIC members,” says Sandy Field, the immediate past-president of NAWIC.  “We accomplish this through educational opportunities, networking, and community/industry service projects.  If you are a woman employed in any area of the construction industry, we welcome you to join us!”

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

“While there are more than one million women employed in the construction industry, women only comprise approximately ten percent of the construction workforce.  These women, whether they are administrative specialists, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people, or professionals, are vital elements to the construction process,” says Field. “’Women in Construction Week’ is simply a time set aside to thank those women for all their efforts toward successful construction projects.  WIC Week will also bring attention to the industry and encourage others to realize that construction is a viable, profitable career field.”

Onslow Water & Sewer Authority (ONWASA) Highlighted as an NC811 Safe Digging Partner

Greensboro, NC (January 31, 2017) Onslow Water & Sewer Authority (ONWASA) has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for January, 2017 due to its ongoing commitment to safety, damage prevention and spreading the “Call Before You Dig” message to the public.

Many safe digging partners have made the commitment to call 811 prior to any excavation, but few go above and beyond with making safety their #1 priority.  ONWASA has shown their commitment to keeping their community and employees safe.  They participate in the monthly Jones/Onslow Utility Coordinating Committee meetings along with holding leadership positions on that committee.  “This is truly the type of Safe Digging Partner NC811 is looking for:  The commitment to keeping the community safe while excavating and providing a vital utility service to their customers,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager Ann Rushing.  David M. Mohr, PE, Engineering Director and Wynne Ray, Technical Operations Supervisor for ONWASA were presented the award from Howard Corey, Education Liaison with North Carolina 811.

NC811 acknowledged ONWASA’s commitment to damage prevention at their Jacksonville, NC office on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 with a Safe Digging Partner award certificate.  “ONWASA is pleased and honoured to be the recipient of the NC811 Safe Digging Partner Award.  We take a multi-faceted approach to spreading the word about safe digging practices; our dedicated staff has successfully reached out to neighbouring utilities to encourage their participation in the UCC, networked with local contractors and engineers, distributed information through billing inserts and even taken the opportunity to speak one-on-one with customers about this issue.  ONWASA consistently works to ensure the safety of the public it serves and its buried infrastructure through education and safe digging practices,” said David M. Mohr, PE, Engineering Director.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first.  Find out more about becoming a Safe Digging Partner.

About NC811
Since 1978, North Carolina 811 has provided a fast and easy communications link with local utility providers. The public provides NC811 information about excavation, NC811 transmits the information to utilities and they send out locators to mark underground lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging.

About Onslow Water & Sewer Authority (ONWASA) Jacksonville, NC   
The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) is a government entity that provides water and sewer services (wastewater) to the unincorporated areas of Onslow County, which includes areas outside of the town limits of Jacksonville, all of the Town of Holly Ridge, Town of Swansboro, Town of Richlands, as well as the Town of North Topsail Island, North Carolina.  ONWASA currently provides water to approximately 56 percent of the County population.

Media Contact:
NC811
Howard Corey
(336) 317-5999
howard@nc811.org