Betty Bynum of NC811 Supports Greensboro Residents in the Tornado Aftermath

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On April 15, 2018, a tornado ripped through the Avalon Road neighborhood in eastern Greensboro leaving mass destruction in its wake. Many homes were destroyed, along with the loss of a man’s life. Fortunately, when disasters occur, the community jumps into action.

Betty Bynum, a Customer Service Representative with NC811, felt the call to help.  Leading the charge, she reached out to the NC811 family of employees seeking donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, diapers, baby formula, and gently used clothes. “I must say that I was overwhelmed with all of the donations that were received from NC811 for the tornado victims. The generous donations filled my entire back seat,” stated Betty.

Betty delivered the items to Peeler Recreation Center where they were extremely grateful for all of the donations, which included everything from clothes to food. In addition to the collection of items from the NC811 center, Betty, her best friend, and their children filled 50 food and snack bags that were delivered to a designated location for those affected to receive free meals. One of her out-of-town friends was so touched by the way the community came together that they wired $100 to purchase items for the needy families. Betty and her 7-year-old niece purchased 100 items from a dollar store with the donation.

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This filled Betty’s heart greatly as she felt she was able to play a part in giving back. Another friend reached out to her in regard to a nursing home that was without power and in need of several items. She and other members of the community came together to give a huge donation to the Morehead-Simkins Independent Living Center. The center manager, Debra Phillips, was speechless at such an outpouring of love and kindness.

“I truly enjoyed being able to play a small part in such a huge effort and this definitely was one week I was truly proud to say that I was a resident of Greensboro,” stated Betty.

“We at NC811 are proud to have employees that give back to the community in a time of need such as this,” said Louis Panzer, NC811 Executive Director.

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NC811 Partners with NASCAR’s Burt Myers Racing

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Greensboro, NC (June 6, 2018) As Burt Myers chases his 3rd straight NASCAR Bowman Gray Modified Championship at Bowman Gray Stadium track in Winston-Salem, NC811 is proud to announce they will be an Associate Sponsor on the BMR # 1 Modified car for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Burt Myers is a two time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion in the 2010 and 2016 season. He is also an eight-time Modified Champion at Bowman Gray Stadium track. He is no stranger to victory lane and is in pursuit of his ninth title this season at Bowman Gray Stadium. Most recently, Burt took his #1 Modified to Victory Lane over the June 2nd weekend.

“We are PROUD to partner with an organization that provides such a valuable service to our community. We look forward to helping NC811 inform the public of the importance of making the call to 811 before you dig,” stated Burt Myers.

Follow Burt Myers Racing Facebook page for all of his racing action and upcoming events.

Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first. “NC811 is proud to sponsor Burt Myers Racing (BMR) while sharing the 811 message with those that love the sport of racing,” stated NC811’s Education Manager, Ann Rushing.

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 Myers Racing
Burt Myers comes from a long history of Myers racing. His father Gary competed at Bowman Gray along with his great-uncle Bobby Myers and his grandfather Billy Myers. The Myers Family have over 150 plus wins in racing.

Story Update: Burt finished 4th in both races at Bowman Gray this weekend. Attendance was about 10,000 in the stands and 500 in the pit area.

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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 


Watch the promo video