811, the three-digit number to call before you dig, continues to make an impact on the damage prevention community, and you and your organization can help!  You can protect yourself, your business and your customers by incorporating the 811 logo into your existing campaigns or by downloading elements of the national awareness campaign.

The 811 logo is available in several approved versions and formats for member use. Please be sure to consult the 811 Graphic Standards Guide for a comprehensive set of instructions governing the use of the 811 logo and taglines. If you have any questions about 811 logo use, please email

CGA's Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) program collects critical damage and event information, analyzing the numbers and producing targeted recommendations to damage prevention stakeholders about how to best protect buried facilities.

The stakeholder advocacy toolkit incudes documents that are available to assist stakeholders in discovering best practices that have already been identified through the CGA, case studies describing legislative activities that have taken place recently in some states, a list of states that have current legislative activity indicated, as well as contact information for stakeholder groups that would be beneficial to engage in the process of building a legislative coalition with your state. 

The CGA has developed a series of educational videos and public service announcements (PSAs) to bring the safe digging message to life.

The CGA Best Practices Guide is the original, and still most popular, industry resource for ensuring the safety of those who work or live near underground facilities.  The Best Practices manual includes more than 130 practices that cover all phases of the 811 process, agreed to by 16 stakeholder groups.  

The following toolkit is available to assist members and damage prevention stakeholders in using the Best Practices Guide and participating in the best practices process.  

In 2016, CGA and a coalition of more than a dozen members entered an agreement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to promote 811 at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, as well as at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Brickyard 400 races.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the federal designation of 811 as the national call before you dig number, CGA and damage prevention stakeholders have planned several internal and public-facing 811 awareness campaigns for 2017.

As you promote the 811 message in 2017, CGA invites you to join in the celebration by using the approved 10th anniversary edition 811 logos on corporate, customer and stakeholder communications, and as you conduct public damage prevention outreach.

The following materials and media messages were created to support the promotion of April as National Safe Digging Month (NSDM). 

National Safe Digging Month will kick off with the launch of the new 811 Hot Air Balloon presented by on April 1st. The 811 Balloon will travel across the country raising awareness about underground damage prevention. CGA Members will have the opportunity to book the Balloon for an appearance at their event. The 811 Balloon is on a dedicated path and timeline. Although weather will be a contributing factor to its appearances; every effort will be made to accommodate requests.

The following materials target the agriculture community. 

Educating the public about 811 can be challenging because they cannot see the underground facilities we are all trying to protect.

To overcome this challenge, CGA worked in partnership with leading experiential marketing company Brightline Interactive to produce the 811 Virtual Reality (VR) Experience.

This custom-built software uses leading VR technology HTC Vive to allow people to enter a virtual world where they can see underground facilities that run under their virtual front yard.

The following information provides Best Practices Committee members and CGA stakeholders with information on practices currently under review by the committee. The next Best Practices meeting will be held on July 19 in Kansas City.  For additional details, visit the BP meeting page