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commentar y Co-ops Strive To Be More Resilient BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Larry Culwell, President DISTRICT 7


David Ray, Vice President DISTRICT 4


Don Parr, Secretary-Treasurer DISTRICT 5


MEMBERS Russell Shaw


Richard Medlock Ron Pelanconi Mark Ichord


DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 6


Jim Jackson Executive Vice President-CEO


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) is committed to providing reliable and affordable electric service to members in Latimer, LeFlore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Atoka counties.


The people and businesses that purchase electricity from Kiamichi Electric are considered member-owners of the co-op. Each member—regardless of how much electricity they purchase – has an equal say in how the cooperative is operated.


To exercise their right, Kiamichi Electric members are encouraged to attend co-op meetings and vote in co-op elections.


Kiamichi Electric service territory is divided into seven districts. Members within each district meet every two years to choose a fellow member to represent their interests on the Kiamichi Electric board of trustees. KEC board members set policy and oversee cooperative business.


Through local leadership and control, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative members can rest assured their electric co-op remains focused on the needs of its members and its rural communities.


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At Kiamichi Electric, our goal is to become more resilient because we know you depend on us to keep the lights on. We take steps to lessen potential storm damage. We also take steps to ensure we recover quickly.


Our efforts involve every aspect of our operations from linemen in the field to the engineers in our control room.


For example, we are currently integrating new technologies to help speed up the resoration process. While we’ve learned how to restore power in difficult circumstances, now we’re doing it even faster. Electric co-ops have reduced the average time without power their members experience from 142 minutes in 2011 to 105 minutes in 2013, a 26 percent decline.


More and more we hear about another type of disaster— cyber attack. To understand this threat, electric co-ops joined utilities from across the country in a cyber and physical disaster exercise coordinated by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Co-ops support federal legislation that would help improve our response to a cyber attack by improving coordination and information sharing among utilities and government agencies.


But as we all know, getting the power back on is really just the beginning of recovery, especially following large-scale


operation roundup Monthly Financial Report


YEAR TO DATE COLLECTIONS: YEAR TO DATE DISBURSEMENTS: TOTAL COLLECTED SINCE INCEPTION:


$ 43,851.73 $ 9,757.39


$ 1,239,399.55 TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE INCEPTION: $ 1,135,810.06 2 | may - july - august | Light Post


Operation Roundup is a voluntary bill roundup program that benefits southeast Oklahoma communities, organizations and needy families. Applications for funds are available at Kiamichi Electric, local social services , or online at www.kiamichielectric.org.


klahoma’s recent flooding offers pretty solid proof that disasters exact an enormous cost both in


disasters such as floods, tornados and hurricanes. Next comes rebuilding, and with rebuilding come even more challenges.


Lately,tight budgets have made securing reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) extra difficult.Under new FEMA rules, if an electric co-op underestimates storm restoration costs, the co-op is responsible for paying the difference.


By Jim Jackson CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


From new efforts to reduce risk during disasters to rigorous accounting of costs to rebuild, Kiamichi Electric is working to improve our ability to bounce back from any disaster more quickly.


We don’t know what to expect from Mother Nature during the rest of 2015, but I can promise you this: We are working hard to prepare for whatever blows our way.


Do you have ideas or suggestions for your co-op? We want to hear from you. Send email to support@


kiamichielectric.org.


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