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Visit us on the Internet at: www.vvec.com FEBRUARY 2014


Published for the members of Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative A Supplement to Oklahoma Living.


Where can I Pay my Electric Bill? p. 4 No Mild Winter This Year!


Snow, Ice, and Brutal Temperatures Could Stick Around for Remainder of Season


We still have seven weeks until the


first day of spring, but if those seven are anything like the weather we experienced in December and January, they could be long, uncomfortable and treacherous. At VVEC we work throughout the


year clearing right-of-way, and main- taining our lines, poles and equipment to lessen the impact severe winter weather can have on our system. So far, outages due to weather have not been widespread, but Mother Nature still has ample time to throw bad weather our way. So it is always advisable to be pre-


pared for an outage. Here is how to create a winter survival kit for your home to help you and your family survive the cold grasp of winter.


The Essentials: •Food: Food that requires no cook-


ing or refrigeration such as bread, crackers, cereal, canned foods, and dried fruits. Remember baby food and formula if you have young children. •Water: In case water pipes freeze or rupture, keep a supply of tap water or purchase bottled water. The recom- mended amount of water to keep is 5 gallons per person.


•Medicines: Roads may be inacces-


sible for several days due to a winter storm. Make sure to order or refill any prescriptions that family members may need. •Identification: Make sure to keep forms of identification with you such


as social security card, passport, photo ID, and driver’s license. In addition, make sure to have bank account infor- mation and insurance policies.


Continued on page 4. Chief Mechanic Named 2013 Employee


of the Year Chief Mechanic Collin Creech was


voted 2013 Employee of the Year by his fellow co-workers. The result of the vot- ing was announced at the annual em- ployee Christmas party. A graduate of Collinsville High School,


Creech atended Tulsa Technology Center, and became a certified airplane mechanic. He came to work at VVEC in 2005 in the mechanic shop, and was named chief me- chanic in 2008. “Collin is a good employee. He goes


above and beyond what is expected of him,” says Creech’s supervisor Terry Ishmael. “He keeps our fleet up and running and that’s no small chore. Plus, he is just a good person. He’s always willing to help out around here and to help his fellow employees both here at work or at his shop at home. He’s just a good guy.” “It’s something different every day, “


Creech says when talking about running the co-op’s mechanic shop. “I’m glad to work with the people I work with here. It’s a great place to work.”


ents of 7-month-old daughter JoLeigh. Collin Creech


Creech and his wife Bree are the par-


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