This April marks the tenth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding Florida residents to always call 811 two full business days before any digging project.
The Locator Excellence Award is about relationships. It's about good stories. And we want to know what a locator did that impressed you enough to nominate him or her for this award.
It could have been going above and beyond to get your site located or making special arrangements for long projects.
Sunshine 811 is a neutral party that takes information from an excavator and transmits it to a member operator (utility company or facility owner). Sunshine 811 does not own, operate or locate underground utilities. Sunshine 811 does not dispatch locators to locate underground utilities.
You may have received an email or phone call from a company offering private utility locating services. In response, we want to clarify a few things.
Hurricane Irma’s unprecedented power outages got a lot of press. People knew what to do when they encountered an above-ground electric line, but no one warned them of underground lines.
So Sunshine 811 developed an earned media campaign that came together in less than a week after Hurricane Irma to take advantage of Irma’s major news draw. It ran Sept. 13 – Nov. 30 and educated Floridians on the need to call 811 before any digging – even storm recovery.
It's dig site information in the palm of your hand
The new Sunshine 811 app makes it easier than ever to keep track of member responses with a simple tap on Positive Response. With real time updates, you're always comparing the most recent responses with what you see at your dig site. Keeping you and your crew safer and in the know.
The Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) is getting a makeover!
After more than 10 years of DIRT data collection and annual reports, the Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee is making some significant revisions to the DIRT form to ensure it continues to provide value to damage prevention efforts.
Sunshine 811 will be closed the following holidays in 2018. For your convenience, Internet Ticket Entry and Single Address Ticket will be available for use during those times.
Your local pipeline and gas distribution companies are hosting a free damage prevention and safety training program for Florida excavators.
Contacting Sunshine 811 before digging for landscaping, fencing and other projects can prevent damage to underground utility lines and keep communities safe
Hurricane Irma’s wide-reaching effects on Floridians continue to be felt more than two weeks after landfall.
Sunshine 811 will perform extended maintenance on its electrical systems Saturday, August 12, 2017, starting at 6 a.m. ET for about 9 hours.
Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30. Sunshine 811 sits roughly 30 miles from the Atlantic in Volusia County, making it highly likely to be affected by hurricanes and tropical storms near those shores. If you live in other parts of the state, learn how you may be affected when Volusia County is under hurricane watches and warnings.
Damaging pipelines carries its own set of risks.State and federal require a call to 911 when there is a pipeline release. PHMSA may also place maximum civil penalties of $209,002 per violation per day with a maximum of $2,090,022 for any related series of violations on any Florida excavators who damage their regulated pipelines.
Gov. Scott signed House Bill 379 into law June 14, 2017. The language, now part of the Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act, Chapter 556, Florida Statutes, goes into effect July 1, 2017.
May 31 marked the end of our fiscal year. "We ended strong," states Sunshine 811 Executive Director Mark Sweet, "with increased tickets, transmissions and awareness; short hold times; and more engagement."
More than 400 Florida excavators attended 811 Safety Day, March 16, 2017, for safety education, 100-plus exhibits and outdoor demonstrations.
Sunshine 811 golfers played their hearts out May 19, 2017 in Sunshine 811’s annual golf tournament at Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand. The weather was beautiful, everyone had a great time. But, once again, the $15,000 hole-in-one prize managed to escape the players' aim!
It was another winning race for 811! The 811 racing team of professional jockey Julien Leparoux, Casse Racing and Classic Empire placed second in Saturday's 142nd Preakness Stakes.
House Bill 379 and Senate Bill 446 were both passed Monday, May 1, 2017, ordered enrolled and sent to Governor Rick Scott for approval.
Billboards, radio and internet are part of Sunshine 811’s Safe Digging Month campaign that began in March this year. April is the one month when stakeholders nationwide ramp up their efforts to flood the nation with the message, Know what’s below. Call 811 before you dig.