NCDOT Highlighted as an NC811 Safe Digging Partner

Greensboro, NC (April 18, 2018) The N. C. Department of Transportation has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for April 2018 due to its ongoing commitment to safety, damage prevention and spreading the “Call Before You Dig” message.

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.  NCDOT has shown their commitment to keeping their community, employees and utility providers safe.  They participate in the monthly Utility Coordinating Committee meetings around the state along with sharing vital information about projects that affect utility infrastructure. “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 great transportation infrastructure to their citizens,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager, Ann Rushing.

Louis Panzer, Executive Director with NC811 acknowledged NCDOT’s commitment to damage prevention at the Underground Damage Prevention Review Board meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 presenting a Safe Digging Partner award certificate to Carl Barclay, State Utilities Manager with Utilities Unit.  

“I am pleased NCDOT is counted as one of NC811’s “safe digging partners” and we recognize their “call before you dig” message has made our highway right of way a safer place. I also want to acknowledge the importance of our partnership with utility providers across the state.  Together, we provide the infrastructure for the transportation of motor vehicles and conveyance of utility services, often within a shared right of way, to the citizens of our state,” said Barclay.

Every nine 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 NCDOT (North Carolina Department of Transportation) Raleigh, NC
One of state’s largest government agencies, the N.C. Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining approximately 80,000 miles of roadways and 18.000 bridges and culverts across North Carolina, as well as regulating and implementing programs to support railaviationferrypublic transit and bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

NC811 is the 2018 winner of the 811 Video Challenge

North Carolina 811 is this year’s winner of the CGA Connect 811 Video Challenge. We made a video focused on the past and future of damage prevention, including the creation and burial of an 811 Time Capsule that includes 11 historical damage prevention items from NC811, along with eight items/ideas that demonstrate our vision of what the damage prevention process will look like in 10 years.
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Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer (H2GO) Highlighted as an NC811 Safe Digging Partner

Greensboro, NC (September 1, 2017) Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer (H2GO) has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for September 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.  H2GO has shown their commitment to keeping their community and employees safe.  They participate in the monthly Lower Cape Fear (New Hanover, Brunswick & Pender) Utility Coordinating Committee meetings along with sharing vital information about the NC811 safe digging message on their web site and with their customers.  “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.

Howard Corey, Education Liaison with NC811 acknowledged H2GO’s commitment to damage prevention at their Leland, NC office on Thursday, August 17, 2017, presenting a Safe Digging Partner award certificate to Tyler Wittkofsky, Public Information Officer. “H2GO is humbled to receive the NC811 Safe Digging Partner Award. Our entire staff and Board understand the importance of safe digging on the job and safety is our number one commitment. From participating in our local UCC meetings and encouraging our fellow utilities to participate, to promoting the message and mission of NC811 on Social Media and in our monthly newsletter, we strive to go above and beyond in helping to get the word out about the importance of calling 811. The safety of our employees and viability of our infrastructure rely on safe digging practices,” said Tyler Wittkofsky.

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 Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer (H2GO) Leland, NC
The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer began servicing their first customers in 1987 and began with approximately 350 customers. Over the past twenty years, the District has grown to have a customer base of about 10,000.  The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer began with the purpose of promoting the health and welfare of the people here in the North Brunswick area, and it is still our primary purpose. The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer’s employees are dedicated to providing our customers with the best all around service as possible and we are pleased to serve the district of North Brunswick.

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

Hey DIY pros out there! You could win a $100 Lowe’s Gift Card from 811 just for taking a selfie.

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About the contest

Help us celebrate the excitement of Lowe’s commitment to keeping communities safe. Over 1.5 million tree wraps are showing up in Lowe’s garden centers across the nation with a reminder to Call or Click 811 Before You Dig.

Snap your best selfie with a Lowe’s tree wrap and you could be the winner of a $100 Lowe’s gift card each month from May till September 2017. Four random winners will be selected each month.

How to enter

1. Visit a local Lowe’s Garden Center nearest you.
2. Snap a selfie with the “811” Call or Click Before You Dig logo on the tree wrap.
3. Post the photo on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #811Lowes.

Make sure your photo privacy settings are set to public so we can find you.
Also, be sure to note what state you are from in your post.

*Lowe’s Home Improvement is not affiliated with this contest.

 Visit the official Facebook page for this contest: @811SafeDiggingSelfieContest

For complete contest rules visit: www.811selfiecontest.com 


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$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