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Alabama One Call Membership News Update
2007 Legislative Session
• 2007 Legislative
Session Plans Plans
• 811 National Alabama One Call is again planning to exemptions or changes.
Abbreviated Dialing introduce revisions to The Underground
The current legislation is over ten years
Capabilities Damage Prevention Legislation that was
old and it is time that we step up to the
originally enacted in 1994. A draft of the
• Damage Reporting plate and make the necessary
legislation can be found at our website at
Tool enhancements to ensure that the
underground facilities in Alabama are
you can visit our website and under the
protected from unnecessary damages
General Information tab, click on Legal
2006 Annual and that the way of life of Alabama
Report then the Alabama State Law tab.
citizens, who depend on the services
The main points of the legislation to be these facilities provide, is maintained.
now available for addressed for revision are:
download at We ask that you contact your legislator
www.al1call.com Mandatory Membership as well as your lobbyist and inform them
of this upcoming legislation to be
introduced and show your support of its
Forty-Eight (48) Hour Notice passage.
beginning the start of the next
The 2007 legislative session is
scheduled to begin in March. Even
Survey Locate Requests though Alabama One Call has contracted
with a lobbyist to coordinate this
PO Box 1476 legislative effort, it is imperative that we
Birmingham, AL Stricter Enforcement have your support. The contact
35201 information for our lobbyist is listed
These items are areas that have been below.
identified in damage prevention studies
as key areas to assist with the reduction Thank you in advance for all your help!
PHONE: of damages to underground facilities.
205.414.1840 They are also key areas that have been
noted through Common Ground
FAX: Alliances Best Practices. You can visit
205.414.1899 CGA’s website for additional information.
http://www.commongroundalliance.com Alabama One Call has a lobbyist
LOCATE This same legislation was introduced in working to represent us in the 2007
REQUESTS: 2006 and there was some opposition in session. If you have governmental
252-4444 BHAM regards to mandatory membership. relations personnel that would like to
800.292.8525 Alabama One Call and its Board of assist him please have them contact:
811 - National Directors feel this is a strong area of John Teague
concern and we need as much a support
Government Affairs, Inc.
as possible to ensure that this legislation
is passed as is with minimum 334-265-8086
nation. To assist in this effort, Alabama One
Call will be hosting an 811 campaign roll out
meeting in conjunction with our annual
membership meeting in late March.
Alabama One Call intends to advertise 811
in addition to our current local and toll free
numbers and view this as another avenue to
contact underground facility owners prior to
digging. This number will be most beneficial,
initially, to those who do not engage in
National Abbreviated Dialing excavation on a routine basis.
Capabilities Additional information about 811 can be
found at www.call811.com.
After being mandated by the Pipeline Safety
Act to establish an abbreviated number for
Call Before You Dig, the FCC approved 811 DAMAGE INFORMATION
as the Call Before You Dig number
nationwide. This 811 number, although REPORTING TOOL
available nationwide, will allow callers to be aka DIRT
directed to their state one call center
directly. The main incentive for the 811 In the past, we have informed you about the
dialing is to allow homeowners and transient national Damage Information Reporting Tool
excavators to have easy access to the call – also known as DIRT. This is a national
before you dig system without having to depository allowing for reporting of damages
determine each state’s individual toll free to underground facilities to be archived and
number prior to excavation. a database developed to view root causes
and effects of third party damages to
Alabama One Call has been working with underground facilities. This reporting tool is
telecommunication companies to ensure confidential and specific details are only
811 is implemented statewide by the mid available for viewing by your designated
April 2007 deadline. Several of our representatives.
telecommunication members have already
configured their switches to transferred 811 To assist with getting as much data as
calls dialed on their networks to our office. possible, a VIRTUAL version of this tool has
We still have some conversions pending been developed which allows for the one
before we can ensure that 811 is accessible call centers to be more involved in this
statewide. Alabama One Call is set up to important part of damage prevention.
receive these 811 calls and have been doing Alabama One Call will be one of the first
so for the last year. states to utilize the new virtual private dirt
tool. This tool will “hang” off of our website
Due to the concern for mis-dialed 911 calls and allow our member companies to report
being directed to Alabama One Call, each damage data directly to Alabama One Call
person who calls 811 will hear a message allowing us to capture the data and submit it
stating that they have reached Alabama One to the national tool as well as capturing state
Call utilizing the 811 system. If they are in specific information we may find vital for our
need of emergency services, they will need own educational programs.
to hang up and redial 911 carefully.
We hope you will participate in this program
Over the next couple of months, you may because through damage reporting we can
see some advertising media promoting 811. better determine the effectiveness of our
Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has educational programs and determine where
developed an 811 media packet to allow additional effort and attention needs to be
underground facility owners, as well as the focused for future improvements. Be
one call centers, to promote 811 across the watching for additional information.