Atlanta: Dublin City of Georgia has issued the following news release:
Dublin Natural Gas Public Awareness Program/Plan is developing surveys and they need your help. As Yvonne Baker, Public Awareness Coordinator with Dublin Natural Gas explains, the Public Awareness Program is vital in educating the public and others about natural gas safety.
"This program was developed following the guidance provided in the American Petroleum Institute's Recommended Practice 1162. It requires each pipeline operator to develop and implement a program to raise the awareness of the presence of buried pipelines and other related gas facilities in the communities where they serve and provide pipeline safety information to their stakeholder audiences such as the public, emergency officials, local public officials, and excavators."
The overall goal of Dublin Natural Gas' program is to enhance public safety and environmental protection through increased public awareness and knowledge.
"It is very important to Dublin Natural Gas to educate and establish communication with our public," Baker says. "A more informed public will also understand that they have a significant role in helping to prevent third-party damage accidents."
The objective of the program is to:
Educate both customers and non-customers who live or work near our pipelines on how to recognize the odor of natural gas and how to respond if they detect possible gas odors. Early recognition of a gas odor and proper response can save lives.
Raise the awareness of the affected public and key stakeholders of the presence of buried natural gas pipelines in the communities we serve.
Help excavators understand the steps that they can take to prevent third party damage and respond properly if they cause damage to our pipelines.
Help emergency response agencies that may assist Dublin Natural Gas in an emergency understand the proper actions to take in response to a gas release or emergency.
"Dublin Natural Gas surpasses the requirements to raise public awareness about natural gas safety and educate our stakeholder audiences." says Baker. "We go above and beyond through public awareness messages to reach a diverse audience. From printed materials like brochures and bill stuffers to billboard adverting and personal contact through group meetings and community event sponsorships, Dublin Natural Gas strives to keep our community informed. These surveys are one way we gauge if our public awareness program is being heard."
Part of Dublin Natural Gas' program is an annual requirement to perform a program assessment & evaluation to see if the program is effective; reaching the intended stakeholder audiences, motivating our stakeholder audiences to act accordance to the information provided, and impacting results such as a reduction in the number of incidents caused by third-party damage. Dublin Natural Gas uses a Public Awareness Effectiveness Survey and a telephone survey to obtain our results.
"These surveys are very short and take less than 5 minutes to complete. All answers will remain anonymous. Based on the results from these surveys, if improvements are needed, we will incorporate them into our program", said Baker.