OUNC News Release related to the solar eclipse on 8/21/17

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the state of Oregon will experience a total solar eclipse. State officials are expecting an influx of one million visitors to the state for several days on either side of the eclipse. The large number of visitors and Oregonians interested in this special event are being advised to prepare for large crowds, significant traffic impacts, possible cell service disruption, and other impacts that can be reviewed at http://www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep/Pages/2017-Total-Solar-Eclipse.aspx.

The Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC) is advising excavators to be aware of these impacts when scheduling work and calling 811 for locates. Many facility operators are making arrangements to address the potential traffic impacts. If possible, excavators may want to schedule work around August 21st. An excavator planning to start work around August 21, may want to consider calling 811 early if possible. Locators will be facing heavy traffic throughout the region. The OUNC encourages all facility operators, locators, and excavators to communicate with each other at all times and especially during this total solar eclipse. All OUNC rules and regulations are still in effect throughout this special event.

The OUNC is the Oregon state agency that administers Oregon’s excavation laws and statewide locate requests. The OUNC’s mission is to operate and maintain a state-of-the-art one-call system for the State of Oregon to reduce damages to underground facilities and to promote public safety related to excavation issues. The OUNC reminds excavators and homeowners to “Know what’s below, call before you dig.”

Portland Natural Gas Explosion

The OPUC Investigation of the Natural Gas Explosion in NW Portland is complete. The OUNC Board will study the findings and if any corrections or additions to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) are found that could have prevented this incident, the OAR’s will be revised.

Download Gas Incident Documents:
2016-10-19 NWN Incident Report – NW 23rd and Glisan RPT
2016-10-19 NWN Incident Report – NW 23rd and Glisan Appendix A

Governor proclaims April “Dig Safely Month”

On March 27, 2017, Governor Kate Brown issued a proclamation declaring the month of April as “Dig Safely Month” in Oregon. The proclamation, in concurrence with National Safe Digging Month, reminds everyone in Oregon to call 811 before starting any digging projects.

OUNC Sponsorship – 2016 – Bi-Mart Country Music Festivals

Oregon Utility Notification Center was present at Cape Blanco and Willamette CMF this year.  The new 811 Trailer provided festive give aways for the attendees at the music festivals.  Thanks again to all the volunteers who worked hard and provided the message to call 811 before you dig!

Locator Safety Awareness Week

The third annual Locator Safety Awareness Week is June 19 – June 25, 2016. The purpose of this effort is to keep our nation’s locators safe on the job.

You can help promote awareness of the hazards related to utility locating by doing the following:

http://www.damagepreventionprofessional.com/locator_safety_awareness_week.php             

2016 Fishing Derby and Family Fun Day

Sponsored by: Metropolitan, Mid-Willamette Valley, North Coast and Yamhill County Utility Coordinating Councils

When: June 25, 2016 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Registration from 8:00 – 10:00 am)
Where: Henry Hagg Lake – Boat Ramp C
50250 SW Scoggins Valley Road, Gaston, OR 97119
Who: Open to the public – All attendees welcome!
Cost: This event is FREE however you must RSVP and have a valid fishing license. There is a $6 State parking fee that you will be responsible for upon entrance to the park.

Bring your own fishing pole and bait. Boats are allowed on the lake. Please RSVP your registration form to Stephanie Baxter at s2b@nwnatural.com or fax 503-220-2586. If you have questions please call Stephanie at 503-721-2470.

If you do not RSVP by June 17, 2016, we cannot guarantee lunch.

**Door Prizes***Door Prizes***Door Prizes***Door Prizes***Door Prizes**
Portland Timbers soccer tickets, gift certificates for 2 nights of camping at PGE’s Pelton Park on Lake Simtustus, 2 nights in a cabin at Promotory Park and many other prizes will be awarded.

View Flyer:

  • OUNC
  • May 17, 2016
  • Public

Kids Poster Contest Results

April is Safe Digging Month

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OUNC has partnered with NW Natural, PGE, and Pacific Power to promote

April is Safe Digging Month.  The ad campaign is on 20 Tri-Met buses throughout the Portland Metro area.

Kids Poster Contest

Introduction

The Kids Poster Contest is sponsored by the Oregon Utility Notification Center. Students attending Mary Woodward, Alberta Rider and Deer Creek Elementary Schools and are in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade are eligible to enter the contest. It is designed to combine a student’s originality and artistic talent with his or her ability to share the important message of Know what’s below, Call 811 before you dig.

 

Fun Facts to know: There are over 2.6 million miles of underground pipelines in the United States – enough to circle the earth over 100 times.

Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs.

Data shows that if you call 811 before digging, you will avoid hitting an underground facility 99% of the time.

Oregon 811 booth at the Civil War game

Oregon 811 had a booth set up at the Moshofsky Center for the Civil War game.
Hundreds of fans stopped by to learn about safe digging and spun the wheel for a prize. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it a successful day.