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Lake Region Electric Crews Respond to Hurricane Isaac


Mutual Aid crews from nine Oklahoma Electric Cooperatives made their way to two locations in the state of Louisiana on August 29, 2012, to assist with repair efforts in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. The Hurricane made landfall in southeastern Louisiana on August 27, 2012.


LA, and Beauregard Electric Cooperative, located in DeRidder, LA.


While most crews assisted Pointe Coupee Electric Cooperative, a small group assisted at Beauregard Elec- tric Cooperative.


“Our Statewide association participates in our na- tional Mutual Aid program, and we were contacted by - operatives, asking for assistance,” said Guffey. Nine electric cooperatives responded to requests to supply crews and equipment. Lake Region Electric Co- operative sent a crew of six volunteers; Dean Kirkpat- rick, Robert Johnson, Jason Youngblood, Duane Wat- kins, James Dallis, and Mark Squyres. This crew left their homes in Oklahoma to assist with restoring the


Leading the crew, (front) Jason Youngblood, Duane Watkins, James Dallis, and Mark Squyres.


Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) Direc-


tor of Safety & Loss Control, Kenny Guffey, reported that 11 crews and their associated equipment consisting of bucket trucks, digger trucks, pole trailers, and crew vehicles, made their way to Pointe Coupee Electric Membership Corporation, located in New Roads,


Mutual Aid crew from another Oklahoma electric cooperative.


electric for these fellow co-op members in Louisiana. “This is one of our basic cooperative principles in ac- tion—cooperatives helping cooperatives. We know that they would return the favor if disaster strikes our area,” said Martin Walls, Lake Region Electric Director of Op- erations.


Time to Caulk and Save Some Money There are many types


We may not be ready to think about it yet, but now is a


good time to prepare your home for the cold weather that lies ahead. With some preparation and work, you can reduce your energy use and save money. “Caulking can be one of the most inexpensive, most ef-


fective, and simplest ways to help prepare your home to fend off cold weather,” advises Glen Clark, LREC Member Ser- vices “It is a good way to block many of the air leaks that let cold air in.” Check around outlets and look for gaps near the dryer


vent, ducting, chimneys, and faucet pipes. Seal gaps with caulking or weather-stripping.


2 LREC Powerline Press


of caulk on the market for use on different surfaces and in various weather conditions. You will need to pre-


pare the area to be caulked by cleaning it. Remove dirt, old caulk, and other particles. For energy saving tips visit www.TogetherWeSave.com


Photo by: SafeElectricity.org


Photos by: Robert Johnson


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