Save the Date
Georgia 811 is excited to announce that the 2023 Georgia 811 Damage Prevention Summit will be held on Thursday, October 5, at the Gas South Convention Center in Duluth, Georgia. Join with safe digging stakeholders throughout the state for a day of education and networking.
To reach more stakeholders in South Georgia, Georgia 811 will also host a Damage Prevention Summit Extension in Tifton on Thursday, September 21. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional details, registration access, and sponsorship information.
Safe Digging Stories
Georgia 811 will be creating a short video series featuring ‘Safe Digging Stories’ in the coming months and we need your help. If you have a story to tell where contacting 811 made a big difference, or could have made a big difference, we’d love to hear from you. Please email Megan Estes at MEstes@Georgia811.com with your contact information.
Are you taking advantage of the changes made to the Georgia Dig Law?
As many safe digging stakeholders know, the Georgia Underground Facility Protection Act (GUFPA/“Georgia Dig Law”) had changes that went into effect in September of 2022. One of the updates increases the number of days before a planned excavation in which an excavator can submit a ticket. As we head into a busy dig season this Spring, it’s important to remember how these changes may help the 811 process work more smoothly for all parties involved.
When submitting a dig ticket, excavators have the opportunity to select a start date for the excavation that can be anywhere from 2 to 8 business days after the date of ticket submission. During this upcoming Spring dig season, we encourage excavators to plan their projects ahead and call in dig tickets 6, 7, or 8 business days before the planned excavation date. This strategy can help spread out the response time for locators during times of high ticket volume, and overall contribute to a smooth and effective 811 process. Need more information about updates to the Georgia Dig Law? Click here to visit the Georgia 811 Training & Education page.
Make sure to check out and follow the Georgia 811 Facebook page for registration information for the February giveaway! We’re giving out Visa gift cards this month! The deadline to register is February 15.
Safe Digging Month Proclamations
April is Safe Digging Month! Once again Georgia 811 will be providing an opportunity to sponsor your Utility Coordinating Committee’s (UCC) luncheon. UCCs can earn a safe digging month credit by securing a safe digging month proclamation through their local city or county.
Georgia 811 will award $250 towards a UCC lunch for UCCs earning two credits, and $500 to a UCC earning four credits.. Lunch winners will be announced at the Georgia 811 Summit and Summit Extension. For proclamation tips and templates, please visit the Georgia 811 Safe Digging Month page. To receive your credit, please email Fiona Bowen at Media@Georgia811.com.
Safe Digging Month Resources
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 and include #GA811 in your text!
Annual Marketing Recap
Please check out the 2022 Georgia 811 Marketing Recap to view Georgia 811 and stakeholder efforts to spread the safe digging message across various media outlets. Gas facility owners are free to use the resources in the recap to contribute to their public awareness campaigns and summaries.