Welcome to the First Edition of the Kentucky 811 DIRT!

This newsletter will provide you with the latest updates about the region’s damage prevention industry, delivered right to your inbox. Here you’ll find recent industry news, information about upcoming Kentucky 811 events, updates from our members, helpful toolkit resources and more! We look forward to sharing more safe digging news with you.

Introducing the New and Improved Kentucky811.org!

We’re excited to share that Kentucky 811 has officially launched a new website! The site’s clean design and new user-friendly navigation, is your go-to resource for all things damage prevention, including easy access to both online ticketing platforms – 811NOW for single address tickets and Web Ticket Entry for multi-address locate requests. From homeowner and member educational tools to industry news and events, the new website has everything you need to get started. But don’t just take our word for it—check out the new website yourself!

Kentucky 811 Hits it Out of the Park with the Cincinnati Reds

Kentucky 811, Indiana 811 and OHIO811 recently teamed up with the Cincinnati Reds to promote damage prevention to baseball fans across the Tri-state area. On April 30, 811 took over the Reds’ website homepage to encourage fans to “Know What’s Below” and contact 811 before any digging project. In addition to the homepage takeover, the Reds also shared the “811 before you dig” message on Facebook, reaching thousands of fans!

Kentucky 811’s Software Partnership with 4IQ Solutions

Underground Safety Alliance, the umbrella not-for-profit organization for Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811, recently announced a partnership with 4iQ Solutions, a developer of call center software and cloud-based services. The partnership will bring 4iQ’s leading software platform Exactix, the most widely selected and fastest-growing platform for U.S. 811 notification centers, to Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811. 4iQ’s software platform will provide USA 811 notification centers with a world-class geocoding engine to ensure safe and accurate digging zones. Read more about the partnership here.

The Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference Goes Virtual

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky 811 and Indiana 811 are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference. While we will not gather together in French Lick for the MWDPTC this year as usual, we know that damage prevention education continues to be essential and highly valuable to all stakeholders. This fall, Kentucky 811 and Indiana 811 will be hosting virtual online education and training courses to keep stakeholders up to date on the latest trends, laws and best practices in damage prevention, along with a preview of the new Exactix locate request ticketing software that will launch next spring.
 
Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming online training opportunities, and visit www.midwest811conference.com to learn more.

The “I Dig Summer” Contest is back!

Join Kentucky 811 this summer for the third annual “I Dig Summer” contest by submitting your locate requests online! Summertime is one the busiest seasons for excavation, so you may experience longer than usual hold times as a result. By participating in the “I Dig Summer” contest, you’ll not only save time, but be entered for a chance to win cash prizes!
 
No formal entry is required to participate—just submit at least 10 tickets online this summer and you’ll be entered to win. The contest will run through September 2. For more information about the contest, rules and Web Ticket Entry, visit www.IDigSummer.com.

Thank You, Essential Workers

Through these challenging times, we want to take a moment to thank all essential underground utility workers around the country who continue to work and make sacrifices every day. Because of these operators, excavators and locators, we are able to keep our underground utilities operational and our communities safe. Our new partners at 4iQ Solutions produced a video that thanks these essential workers. Thank you, all!

DID YOU KNOW?

Kentucky 811 has revamped our social media presence! In order to further connect with our members and the public, we’ve updated our social channels to bring you the latest news, tips and resources in the world of damage prevention. Stay up-to-date on the latest damage prevention news by following Kentucky 811 on FacebookTwitter and YouTube!