March News

Cliff Meidl, former Olympian and safety spokesman for Georgia 811, will be spreading the safe digging message throughout Georgia April 5-9. We have a few opportunities for Cliff to provide a safety presentation to Georgia 811 member and excavating companies. If interested, please contact Megan Estes at

Georgia 811 is giving away a 4’x4’ raised garden to two winners for its March social media contest! Make sure you are following Georgia 811 on Facebook to find out about all the monthly giveaways. We have a big prize coming for April, Safe Digging Month! Contests open on the first of each month and winners are announced on the 15th. To register for March’s giveaway, click here and select the registration link in the photo comment.

Georgia 811’s mascot Digger Dog and Education Administrator Maria Copeland missed visiting your school last year! This Spring, Ms. Maria and Digger will travel throughout Georgia to drop off educational materials directly to your front office staff to distribute to 2nd and 3rd graders. Drop-off procedures will follow your School Board’s requirements with regards to masking, social distancing, and hand sanitizing; and drop-offs can be done outside of the school building. If you would like to share educational resources with your students, please contact Maria Copeland at or 770-757-6467.

April is Safe Digging Month! Once again Georgia 811 will be providing an opportunity to sponsor your UCC luncheon. UCCs can earn a safe digging month credit by:

  • Securing a safe digging month proclamation through their local cities, counties, or fire departments.
  • UCC members can have their company add the safe digging partner logo to their website homepage or bill pay site for the month of April.
  • UCC members can have their company use the Georgia 811 Facebook banner as their Facebook cover photo for the month of April

Georgia 811 will award $250 towards a UCC lunch for UCCs earning two credits, and $500 to a UCC earning four credits. This is a great way to plan ahead for when meetings resume later this year.  Lunch winners will be announced at the Georgia 811 Annual meeting. For proclamation tips and templates, please visit the Georgia 811 Safe Digging Month page. To receive your credit, please email Fiona Bowen at

Georgia 811 has a variety of safe digging resources available for stakeholders to use on its Safe Digging Month page. Resources include infographics and social media messages to share with your audiences, PSA and training video links, as well as proclamation templates. Let us know how you plan to spread the word about safe digging during the month of April! Simply post to our Facebook page to share what you’re doing to promote damage prevention.

Georgia 811 is a sponsor of the 2021 Digging Dangers series. If you would like to show one of the videos at an upcoming safety training, feel free to visit our “Training Videos” page on

Georgia 811’s Instagram account, Georgia811Adventures, is expanding and we want your submissions! Have a fun Georgia destination to recommend to others? Have a favorite local restaurant? Let’s discover Georgia together and help small and local businesses by drumming up some business through your recommendations!  Send submissions to Fiona Bowen at