Indiana 811 Celebrates 8/11 Day

For the past few years, Indiana 811, together with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), has been a sponsor of the Great Indiana State Fair. This year, Indiana 811 took over the fairgrounds on Aug. 11 for the first-ever “Indiana 811 Day at the Fair.” Throughout the fairgrounds, State Fairgoers saw the 811 Before You Dig message on sky carts, hand sanitizer stations, flags, sidewalk signage, fair shuttles, the Kiddie’s Midway arch, fair programs, wristbands, and the iconic Indiana State Fair Midway Arch. To further promote the safe digging message, staff at the gate entrance wore 811-branded safety vests, and the Indiana 811 marketing and liaison teams distributed branded materials, such as 811 wrist bands, color code cards, and hand sanitizer wipes to fair attendees from their station at the entrance to State Fair Boulevard.

The Indiana 811 liaison team also traveled throughout the state to deliver sweet treats to radio stations and community partners for 8/11 Day. The 811-branded cookies were a reminder to industry stakeholders and the public to always contact 811 before digging. Additionally, Indiana 811 partnered with various minor league baseball teams to highlight the safe digging message in front of baseball fans across the state. At the Indianapolis Indians game on Aug. 11, sponsored by Indiana 811 and the IURC, fans heard an in-game interview about 811, saw 811 branding throughout the stadium, and children received 811 superhero capes! The capes were also distributed at Marvel Superhero Night on August 14th, also sponsored by Indiana 811.

Spreading the Word About 811

With the recent implementation of Exactix, Indiana 811’s online ticketing system, we would like to remind all industry stakeholders of the correct use of graphics and slogans when promoting the 811 Before You Dig message. Always remember:

  • Use the slogan “Know What’s Below. 811 Before You Dig.” as opposed to “Know What’s Below. Call Before You Dig.”
  • Use our updated 811 Before You Dig logos, which can be found on the. marketing page of the Indiana 811 website under “Creative Resources.”
  • A good rule of thumb is to remember that we are phasing out the word “call” to encourage online ticket submission through Exactix. 

Register Now for the 2021 MWDPTC

Register now for the 9th annual Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference, happening Nov. 10-12 in idyllic French Lick, Indiana!
Join hundreds of damage prevention professionals, such as facility operators, locators, emergency officials, excavators, regulators, engineers and more, for a week filled with the perfect mix of educational and networking opportunities.
This year’s event will feature various educational sessions taught by subject matter experts, as well as keynote speakers Josh Bliell and Ricky Rollins. You won’t want to miss networking opportunities on Nov. 10, such as horseback riding through the rolling hills of Indiana’s countryside, the annual golf tournament at French Lick Resort’s Donald Ross Course, and clay pigeon shooting at West Baden Stables.
Visit to learn more or register today! Interested in sponsor or exhibitor opportunities at this year’s conference? Contact us!

INPAA Corner

The INPAA Education and Outreach team has had an active summer spreading the word about safety and damage prevention! To teach our smallest community members about safety, INPAA has co-sponsored multiple Touch-A-Truck events throughout Indiana this summer, with plans to attend additional events this fall. The Outreach and Education team has also been continuing fire department safety trainings throughout the state.
Additionally, the annual INPAA excavator mailer hit Hoosiers’ mailboxes earlier this summer and the deadline for survey responses is Aug. 31. The Public Officials mailer will be distributed in early September, too.