Entries by OUNC

Oregonians Urged to Contact 811 Before Digging

 Contact: Josh Thomas, Executive Director, Oregon Utility Notification Center 503-317-5007 | josh.thomas@digsafelyoregon.com    This Thursday, August 11 (8/11), is National 811 Day. Also known as National Safe Digging Day, the observance exists to raise awareness about contacting 811 before beginning a digging or excavation project. The Oregon Utility Notification Center, which oversees the statewide call […]

The OUNC partnered with NWN at Dozer Day/Nutter Foundation Vancouver

The OUNC partnered with NWN at Dozer Day/Nutter Foundation Vancouver over the weekend. The drive-through event brought over 1,000 cars filled with kids excited to see us put on a skit as they stopped at our dig site. With an excavator ready to dig, BobTheBuilder was there to make sure the 811 call was made. […]

Oregon Utility Notification Center names its first Executive Director. Veteran communications professional Josh Thomas joined the OUNC May 17, 2021.

(PORTLAND, Ore., May 2021) — Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC), also known as Oregon 811, is pleased to announce that after a yearlong search, Josh Thomas has been named the notification center’s first-ever executive director. “It has been a long-awaited appointment for our agency, and we are excited to bring Josh onboard,” said Micah Brown, […]

April is National Safe Digging Month

We want to remind homeowners and contractors to #call811 before any digging is done to reduce the risk of striking an underground utility line… This is essential to ensure utility services are not interrupted for community members as we continue to deal with COVID-19.

Joyce Nelson receives OUNC recognition plaque

After months of delays due to COVID-19, OUNC Chairman, Micah Brown, finally had an opportunity to present Joyce Nelsen her recognition plaque.  Joyce was on the OUNC board for 8 years, holding two terms.  She held the Treasurer’s position for 6 years and her dedication will forever be appreciated.  She continues her 811 efforts supporting […]