December 2013

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Inaugural Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference Draws Nearly 340 Attendees
The 2013 Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference (MWDPTC), hosted by title sponsors Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811, was held Nov. 5 – 7 at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., and was a huge success. This inaugural event drew nearly 340 facility operators, locators, excavators, regulators, engineers and other professionals who work near underground utilities from around the region for networking opportunities and damage prevention education.

Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811 were joined by 27 additional sponsors and 36 vendors from across the country. The conference kicked off with a welcome reception featuring the 811 Bike of "American Chopper" fame and the Kentucky 811 bass boat, as well as a golf tournament at the French Lick Resort's Donald Ross Golf Course.

Other highlights of the 2013 MWDPTC included a keynote speech by Jeff Saturday, former center for the Indianapolis Colts and current ESPN analyst, and a special presentation by Bob Kipp, president of Common Ground Alliance. During the three-day conference, attendees had the opportunity to participate in fourteen different educational sessions focused on damage prevention best practices and workplace safety for industry professionals.

"We are thrilled that our inaugural conference has been such an overwhelming success," said Dan Meiners, executive director of Underground Safety Alliance, Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811. "It is clear by the level of participation in this year's event that our region has a dedication to damage prevention, and we look forward to returning for our second event in 2014. I would like thank our sponsors, exhibitors and speakers for making this event possible."

Be sure to visit for updates about the 2014 Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference.


City of Huntingburg Promotes the Safe Digging Message 
The City of Huntingburg Municipal Utilities (located in Dubois County, Indiana) recently debuted 15 vehicles featuring the Indiana 811 logo. Both professionals and homeowners will be reminded of the 811 number when they see these Holey Moley-clad vehicles driving around town.


Indiana 811 Reminds Residents to Call 811 Before Digging as Clean Up from Tornadoes
After dozens of tornadoes struck the Midwest in November, Indiana 811 reminded professional excavators and homeowners alike to call 811 prior to any clean up that involves digging or removing trees from the ground. The Kokomo Perspective picked up this important message that one phone call to Indiana 811 can prevent residents from adding to complications during the storm clean up process. Your organization can help spread this important safety reminder after storms by utilizing Indiana 811's marketing toolkit.

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