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Make Plans to Attend an Iowa One Call Meeting

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Iowa One Call is taking reservations for its January and March Excavation Safety Awareness Program around the state. There are 17 dates and locations from which to choose. The event is free.

For all meetings, registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch served at 12 p.m., and a presentation at 12:45 p.m. The meetings will close at 1:45 p.m. with a Q&A session and raffle drawing.

This year, event organizers will:

  • Provide an overview of Iowa One Call protocol
  • Focus on the importance of communication lines
  • Educate attendees on private facilities
  • Discuss best practices for communication between contractor and locating firms
  • Instruct on how to effectively use NextGen for accurate and timely locates.

For Iowa One Call to continue providing complimentary meals and door prizes at the meetings, all attendees who preregister for a meeting must commit to attending the meeting or provide advance notice of any foreseeable cancellations. Event organizers ask that organizations refrain from registering a large number of personnel if it is at all likely that some may not be able to attend. Additionally, all preregistered personnel should mark their calendars accordingly to avoid scheduling conflicts. Event organizers would appreciate at least two-weeks advance notice of any cancellations. If it is known at any time, however, that a pre-registrant is unable to attend, event organizers ask that you notify us as soon as possible.

Here is the Link to registration page.

Tags:  811  Iowa One Call  Safety 

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Mark Your Calendars & Plan to Attend an Iowa One Call 2020 Excavation Safety Awareness Meeting

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Iowa One Call (IOC) has scheduled its annual Excavation Safety Awareness Meetings around the state for 2020. Registration for the meetings will be open soon on the IOC website. IAMU will post a link to the registration page when it becomes available. For now, mark your calendar for a date and location that works best for you.

January

7th – Johnston @ Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

8th – Ames @ Radisson Hotel Ames Conference Center at ISU

14th – Carroll @ Carrollton Hotel & Event Centre

16th – Ottumwa @ Bridge View Center

21st – Waterloo @ Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo Cedar Falls

23rd – Fort Dodge @ Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites

29th – Cedar Rapids @ The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

30th – Riverside @ Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

 

March

10th – Mason City @ The Music Man Square

11th – Decorah @ Hotel Winneshiek & Opera House

17th – Council Bluffs @ Holiday Inn Council Bluffs @ Ameristar

18th – Sioux City @ Country Celebrations Event Center

19th – Spencer @ Clay Country Fair & Events Center

24th – Bettendorf @ Waterfront Convention Center

25th – Dubuque @ Grand River Center

26th – Atlantic @ Cass County Community Center

31st – Burlington @ Pzazz Resort Hotel

Tags:  811  Iowa One Call  Safety 

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Aug. 11 Serves as Convenient Reminder for Iowa Residents to Always Call 811 Before Digging

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IAMU encourages people to make a free call 2 days before digging to know what’s below

With Aug. 11 almost here, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 (or visit http://iowaonecall.com/) prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every few minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

IAMU encourages its members to observe 811 Day and spread the message about the importance of calling (or clicking) before you dig. IAMU will be sharing a social media post for 811 Day on its Facebook page. You may share it on your Facebook page from the IAMU page. If you would like the post ahead of time, download the image below.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

Visit iowaonecall.com for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

Tags:  811  811 Day  Iowa One Call  Safety 

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IAMU Supports National Safe Digging Month, Encourages 811 Calls for Utility Location

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

More than 40 percent of American homeowners who plan to plant a tree, landscape a yard, or install a fence or mailbox this spring likely will not make a required 811 call to have their underground utilities located before digging begins, according to a survey conducted by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a national association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines.

Iowa law requires that any resident or professional excavator contact 811, or Iowa One Call, a minimum of two business days before digging to prevent serious injuries, service disruptions, and costly repairs that could occur when buried gas, electric, communications, water or sewer lines are damaged.

The CGA survey also found that nearly half of all Americans who plan to dig have no experience with the 811 process. Placing an 811 call or submitting information online to IowaOneCall.com notifies operators with underground utility facilities of the intent to dig, and utility companies will respond within two business days by marking underground utilities with color-coded paint marks or flags that tell an excavator where utility lines are located.

In support of National Safe Digging Month throughout April, IAMU joins Common Ground Iowa and Iowa One Call in reminding Iowans to be safe and help protect underground utility lines by following these steps in advance of any digging projects:

  • Always call 811 at least 48 hours before digging, regardless of the project depth or familiarity with the property. Plan ahead by calling on Monday or Tuesday for weekend projects, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.
  • Confirm that all lines have been marked before beginning a project and consider relocating any project that is close to utility line markings.
  • If a contractor has been hired, confirm that the contractor has called 811. Don’t allow work to begin if utility lines aren’t marked.

Iowa’s One Call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more by visiting the Call 811 website for complete information.

Tags:  811  CGA  Iowa One Call 

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Iowa One Call 2019 Excavation Safety Awareness Program Meetings - Registration Open!

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Each year Iowa One Call travels the state to update excavators, locators and facility operators on one call requirements. The ESAP meetings are free of charge and lunch is provided.

This year we will provide an overview of Iowa One Call protocol, focus on the importance of communication lines, educate on private facilities, discuss best practices for communication between contractor and locating firms, and learn how to effectively use NextGen for accurate and timely locates.

*Please be sure to register for the location you plan to attend. Seating is limited. Registration and meal are free. Iowa One Call reserves the right to charge companies and individuals for the meal if they register and fail to attend the event.

A raffle drawing will follow the presentation.

Click here for more details and to register.

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