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NASCAR
811 is a proud sponsor of the Mason Mingus racing team!  The Mingus Toyota Tundra features our striking Texas811 logo. Mason began his racing career in 2002 at the age of ten, and in October of 2013 made his NASCAR debut.   
Holiday Giving

 

Christmas is just around the corner and this year we will be playing Santa for 51 low income seniors at the Umphress Terrace Assisted Living Home. We have received "Wish Cards" from each resident with 1 item on each card.

Most items on the list are between $5 and $25.

All gifts must be unwrapped and turned in, no later than 12pm on Friday, December 19th.

 
 
Social Media
Our social media outreach continues to grow! Our Facebook page (Click here)  has nearly 3,000 likes and followers. If you haven't clicked in to join us, please do!

 

We also placed an article on Fenceweek.Com - a national website dedicated to the fencing industry. You can read it    
The Portal
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December 2014 Newsletter
Mike's Message

2014 is rapidly drawing to a close, and it's been a big and exciting year for everyone at Texas811.

The best news is that we are ready to begin work in Louisiana in 2015 as Bayou811, so "Laissez les bons temps rouler!"

 

Our board of directors set a goal of 50 new members in 2014, and ombudsmen Kyle Vanlandingham and April Arnold brought in - drum roll - 100!  

 

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 Technology
 

The power of the Texas811 Portal is now in user's hands with the Texas811 mobile apps for Apple and Android.

Like the Portal, the new apps use the GeoCall� platform combining the latest technology in information systems design with integrated GIS functionality. The Texas811 app is available for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Just search for Texas811 and download the appropriate App for your phone.

While the mobile apps are getting a lot of attention - trends are showing that the Portal is becoming more and more preferred by large excavators over other ways of submitting requests. Some factors that have led to the increasing trends are satellite imaging and the availability to submit other ticket types such as emergencies and no response tickets, as well as the ability to perform ticket searches and instantly update existing tickets. You can get more information by emailing Remoteapps@texas811.org 


 Trains at NorthPark
 

The Trains at NorthPark™ Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas is a Dallas holiday tradition, and this year Texas811 is crying "All aboard!"

Two Texas811 cars are rolling on the tracks, with our logo and slogan in both Spanish and English.

The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark™ includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America.    

 

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 Be a Part of It All!
 

Join us on February 9th at the Texas811 Damage Prevention Summit in San Marcos for another Free Utility Damage Investigation Workshop. To participate, attendees are not required to register for the entire Summit, however space is limited to 80 participants. http://texas.damagepreventionsummit.com/workshops/ 

We would be delighted for you to join us for the entire 2015 Texas811 Damage Prevention Summit scheduled for February 9th -11th in San Marcos, Texas. TSPS member participation in this annual event is the result of a mutually beneficial partnership with Texas811; a partnership which has no doubt contributed to a reduction in damage to underground utility lines, improved job-site safety, and improved TSPS member relationships with utility operators.

Participate in the Damage Prevention Councils of Texas roundtable where stakeholders from the 23 regional damage prevention councils will gather and share successes and challenges in solving issues associated with the One Call system and excavating around underground facilities. 

Community Awareness - Home Depot - The Turning Point  

 

At Texas811, a lot of homeowners give us a call before starting a project like adding a tree, flowerbed, or fence. We like projects, too - and have been participating in The Home Depot's weekend Kids Workshops. The Texas811 truck and food wagon arrive to hand out snow cones and Texas811 themed giveaways to the kids, and Home Depot says "Texas811 really made our Kids Workshop more fun than ever."

Texas811 President Mike Losawyer has also joined the board of directors of The Turning Point. The Turning Point is a rape crisis center in Plano, Texas. Visit them at http://www.theturningpoint.org/

Their mission is to provide counseling, education and advocacy for those impacted by sexual assault. Texas811 will be providing support and fund raising efforts to The Turning Point in 2015.

 

17th Annual Texas811 Golf Tournament
The 17th Annual Texas811 Golf tournament at Indian Creek Golf Course was a huge success - so much so, in fact, that in 2015 we are expanding our entry field to DOUBLE the amount - 288 golfers!   Thanks to the generosity of the players and our 32 sponsors, including Sketchers, Paradigm, Patron, Atmos, USIC, Time Warner, Lowes Construction, Verizon and Future Telcom, we were able to donate $12,000 to Ronald McDonald House.  
Regional Safety Days

Pearsall

Texas811, Access Midstream, CPS Energy, and AEP-Texas teamed up with the regional damage prevention councils and held a major event in the South Texas town of Pearsall. Fully funded by 42 sponsors and executed by over 50 volunteers from 4 organizations, the 1st Annual Eagle Ford Safety & Equipment Rodeo Roundup attracted more than 600 attendees from across 12 South Texas counties. Read more... 

 

 

Corinth

The North Texas Damage Prevention Council hosted the North Texas Regional Safety Day in Corinth on Thursday, October 23rd.

300 excavators and facility owners attended this  multifunction event, featuring safety workshops in the morning followed by two live demonstrations.

The first was a controlled arcing demo, showing the dangers of high voltage electricity.

The second was a demo of vacuum excavation, which uses powerful suction through a wide suction pipe to quickly and safely excavate a hole without disturbing any unknown buried power or pipe line. A vacuum excavator may pull in debris at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.

Additionally, other exhibitors were in attendance with the latest in excavation and safety equipment.

"Keeping Texas utilities safe underground is a 24/7/365 job. Excavators and facility owners both have an interest in preventing injury and saving lives when excavating, but also in protecting what's underground," says Texas811 Damage Prevention Manager John Sparks. "With the rapid growth being seen in Texas, it's more important now than ever before to know what's below before you dig."

 
Cedar Park 
As part of an ongoing regional partnership with excavators and utility operators, the Central Texas Damage Prevention Council recently held a Utility Damage Investigation Workshop in Cedar Park, Texas. Hosted by the City of Cedar Park Water Utility, 157 attendees from across Central Texas participated in the free "cradle to grave" training session featuring instructors from Atmos Energy, Texas Gas Service, Texas811, & Health Consultants.

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Pasadena

The Southeast Texas Damage Prevention Council hosted the first annual Safety Day at the Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds in Pasadena, Texas. The event brought together builders, excavators, utility operators and other stakeholders from numerous companies in the Greater Houston Area and surrounding counties.

           Keynote speaker was Cliff Meidl, a two-time U.S. Olympic athlete who participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 2000 Summer Olympics - after nearly losing both legs in an electrical construction accident.

           Attendees listened to a damage investigation seminar, and an update by David Ferguson of the Texas Railroad Commission. The RRC Update was followed by two hands on demonstrations: a lane closure demo, by Tx DOT showing the dangers of improper lane closure and the correct way to perform this function in the field, and

a demonstration of the growing in popularity vacuum excavation, which uses a wide suction pipe to quickly and safely excavate without disturbing any buried power or pipe line.

The Texas811 booth remained crowded throughout the day with operators and excavators participating in the training being offered for the new Texas811 mobile apps and expanded Portal functions.

           "Keeping Texas utilities safe underground is a 24/7/365 job. Excavators and facility owners both have an interest in preventing injury and saving lives when excavating, but also in protecting what's underground," says Texas811 Damage Prevention Manager Jaime Medina. "With the rapid growth being seen in Texas, it's more important now than ever before to know what's below before you dig."  

 
We hope you enjoyed this month's newsletter. Thank you for being a part of Texas811!

Sincerely,

Texas811
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