Winners announced for the “How do you 811” social media contest

September 9, 2016 – Greensboro, NC
For the month of August, in celebration of National 8/11 day, North Carolina 811 ran a social media contest called “How do you 811”. The focus of the contest was to have people show how they use 811 or how they promote the 811 message. Contest entries consisted of photos and videos submitted to us and then having each contestant post their entries on Facebook or Twitter in order to help spread the 811 message.  Three winners will be chosen and will receive $100, $200 and $500 Lowe’s Home Improvement gift cards.

During the first week of September, North Carolina 811 employees were given the opportunity to review and rate on a scale from 1 to 10 what they thought of each contest entry. Well, the votes are in and here are our winners!

The third place winner is Brian Terry of Jacksonville. Brian will receive a $100 Lowe’s Home Improvement gift card for his video entry.

The second place winner is Sam Gonzalez of Charlotte. Sam will receive a $200 Lowe’s Home Improvement gift card for his video entry.

And our first prize winner is……Michael Sipe of Elizabeth City. Michael will receive a $500 Lowe’s Home Improvement gift card for his photo entry.

Our education liaisons will be reaching out to each of you to arrange a time to present your gift cards and personally say thank you for being a part of this campaign.

Thank you again to all who submitted entries into the contest.

Level 3 Communications, Inc. Highlighted as an NC811 Safe Digging Partner

GREENSBORO, NC (August 30, 2016)
Level 3 Communications, Inc. has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for August, 2016 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.  Level 3 Communications, Inc. has shown their commitment to keeping their community and employees safe.  “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 Director of Education Ann Rushing.  Level 3 employee Sam Gonzalez, Outside Plant Engineer II is actively involved as the Chairman of the Union County Utility Coordinating Committee along with other employees that attend and support their local UCC around the State of NC.  Many have also committed to taking the pipes plus training, which shares valuable information about digging around all underground utilities.

NC811 acknowledged Level 3’s commitment to damage prevention at their Charlotte, NC office on Friday, August 25, 2016 with a Safe Digging Partner award certificate.  NC811 began the Safe Digging Partner program in 2015.

“Level 3 Communications is honored to receive this award as it exemplifies our commitment to providing safe, secure and reliable service to our customers and to keeping our employees and the community safe,” said Michael Brady, Level 3 Communications, General Manager, Carolinas. “As a company, we promote the safe digging message. In fact, earlier this month, in partnership with Colorado 811, we issued an external video touting the importance of call before you dig and digging safety.”

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 Level 3 Communications, Inc.
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in over 60 countries across a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities.

August 11th is National 811 Day

Every August 11th we celebrate National 8-1-1 Day in North Carolina and across America. To learn more about 811 in North Carolina, please watch this short video.

Visit our calendar of events at:

Enter the “How do you 811” Contest

Want to enter for a chance to win a $100, $200 or even a $500 Lowe’s Home Improvement gift card? Watch this video for more details.



Contributed by: Louis Panzer, NC811 Executive Director

If recent thunderstorms have caused damage to your property, one important phone number can help you avoid a major problem during the clean-up process.  If you plan to dig as part of your storm clean-up, please be sure to call 811 at least three full working days beforehand.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.  Striking a single utility line during storm clean up can lead to personal injury, penalties, repair costs, and expensive and inconvenient outages.

When you call 811, you will speak with a NC811 customer service representative who will take the location and description of the project site and notify affected utility companies.  Utility companies will send a professional locator to mark the approximate location of utility lines.  Once lines have been marked, you can begin to carefully clean up around marked lines.

Safety is a shared responsibility, and calling 811 helps protect you, your family and neighbors from utility line damages and helps keep your community safe and connected.

Visit or for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

Time Drawing Near for Small Operators to Become Member of NC811

Small Operators that own or operate a facility in North Carolina must join by October 1, 2016

Greensboro, NC (June 29, 2016) – North Carolina 811 wants to remind small operators that own or operate facilities within North Carolina that they must join no later than October 1, 2016 as required by the Underground Utility Safety and Damage Prevention Act.

G.S. 87-120 (b) phased required membership over several years. Operators with more than 50,000 customers or 1,000 miles of facilities join date was October 1, 2014. Operators with more than 25,000 customers and 500 miles of facilities join date was October 1, 2015. The final phase requires all Operators that do not meet one of the criteria to join no later than October 1, 2016.

G.S. 87-121 (k) – An Operator who does not become a member of the Notification Center as required by G.S. 87-120(b) may not recover for damages to a facility caused by an excavator who has complied with the provisions of this article and has exercised reasonable care in the performance of the excavation or demolition.

To learn more about the law, visit To become a member, visit This link also has a list of NC811 Membership frequently asked questions. Any questions may be directed to Lesley Brouillard – Member Services Manager at