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.
Sunshine 811 announced the names of four locator winners from an impressive slate of candidates to receive the Locator Excellence Award.
The 2018 Damage Prevention Guide is available for immediate download and ordering from our online store. Inside you find information on the new requirement for excavators to call 911 when a damaged facility results in a hazardous substance leak and much more.
We're in the final week of Safe Digging Month. Maybe you’ve heard our radio or television PSAs. Maybe Sunshine 811 popped up in your browser while online. Or, you saw our billboard while driving. These are some of the ways we’ve promoted “811 before you dig” this April.
Sunshine 811's Annual Membership, Board elections and Board meeting are being held May 17. Committee recap meetings will be held following the annual meeting. Full committee meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Click here for the agenda.
The deadline for getting your 2017 damages reported to Florida DIRT has passed and it's time to concentrate on 2018 damages. The most important thing is to make sure you're using the new FRESH DIRT 2018 field form and/or spreadsheet.
Did a locator follow up with you to make sure the marks were still intact? Or make special arrangements for long projects? Or alert you to a safety hazard? If so, consider nominating him or her for the Locator Excellence award.
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With the deadline for mandatory submission of damage data (effective July 1, 2017) just around the corner, Sunshine 811 urges all of its members to get their damage data uploaded into the FL DIRT system as soon as possible.
s.556.105(12)(b) If an event damages any pipe, cable or its protective covering, or other underground facility, the member operator receiving the notice shall file a report with the system. Reports must be submitted annually to the system, no later than March 31 for the prior calendar year, or more frequently at the option and sole discretion of the member operator.
Already using Florida DIRT?
If you already submitted your 2017 data, thank you! No further action is required.
If you have nothing to report, please go to "submission status" within the Florida DIRT Main Menu and check the box indicating your report is complete for 2017.
New to damage reporting?
Florida DIRT is a personalized version of the Common Ground Alliance's Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT). Its purpose is to gather meaningful data on underground facility events. An event is defined by the CGA DIRT User’s Guide as “the occurrence of downtime, damages and near misses.” It helps us determine probabilities using national data. See the graphics to the right for some examples. With more Florida data, we hope to do the same using state-relevant numbers.
Florida DIRT is a way for you to anonymously submit data into a broad database that is analyzed for root causes that lead to events. The primary purpose is to promote safe excavation practices that prevent damages.
For more information on Florida DIRT visit sunshine811.com/florida-dirt. Use the 2017 forms to submit 2017 data. All 2018 data should be reported using the Fresh DIRT forms dated 11/2017.
- To sign up for Florida DIRT, you can do so here.
- For more information on Florida DIRT, visit this link: http://www.sunshine811.com/florida-dirt
Already using CGA's national DIRT?
It is mandatory for all members to report damages to the system. If you're already using the Common Ground Alliance's national DIRT, or your company wants to use the national system, you need to grant Sunshine State One Call of Florida, Inc. access to your data. The steps to do this are below.
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.