Governor Kemp Meets with Damage Prevention Stakeholders After Declaring Safe Digging Month

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Governor Brian Kemp met with safe digging stakeholders to issue a proclamation announcing April 2024 as Safe Digging Month in Georgia. As April marks the start of spring digging season, Georgia 811 and Governor Kemp are encouraging homeowners to contact 811 before they dig. Representatives from utility facilities, local governments, safety administrations, and industry associations gathered together in recognition of the importance of contacting 811 before excavation to prevent utility damage, human injury, and service interruptions.

When calling 811, homeowners are connected to Georgia 811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with paint and flags. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin around marked lines. 

“We applaud Governor Kemp for his continued efforts in promoting safe digging over the years,” said Meghan Rafinski, Georgia 811 President and CEO. “With the statewide proclamation, we aim to bring awareness to both homeowners and professionals about advanced excavation notification and safe digging practices. By having underground lines marked, those digging are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.” 

Georgia 811 provides educational and awareness resources throughout the year. Homeowners and professionals can access free online courses, request training, and learn to submit dig tickets online by visiting

Visit for more information about Safe Digging Month and the call-before-you-dig process.