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