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Feed A Family Powder River Energy is supporting the food banks of Wyoming this Holiday season.
The fundraiser is called “Feed Operation RoundUp, Feed a Family.” Through the holiday season 100% of all funds raised in November, December and January will directly benefit families in Wyoming through the Wyoming Food Bank’s distributions to nonprofit organizations. To kick off the campaign the Powder River Energy Foundation Board of Directors donated $5,000 in September to the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies (WFBR). This donation will provide 30,000 meals for those in need in Wyoming. CoBank has matched the donation for a total of $10,000. Funds will primarily be used to help fund the Food for Thought Backpack Program in Wyoming. Approximately 3,880 children in this area have been identified as food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The backpack program gives hungry children a bag of food for out-of-school time, especially during weekends and extended breaks in the school calendar. The Wyoming Food Bank facilitates the programs by ordering food for the entire state, saving communities money and time. Then the food is shipped to local coordinators who work with schools, churches, and other community organizations to ensure the food reaches those children and families who need it most.
By joining Operation RoundUp this holiday season, 100% of your funds will directly benefit the organizations served in your county by the Wyoming Food Bank’s distribution nonprofit organizations. When members sign up for Operation RoundUp, monthly bills are “rounded up” to the next dollar, usually a few cents every month, the average yearly donation is roughly $6 per year, per account. That six dollars from just one person can provide 24 meals to those in need. Signing up is easy! Fill out and add the form at the bottom of this Power Lines to your monthly bill payment. You can also check the enrollment box on the Powder River Energy Corporation bill, call the Member Service department at 1-800-442-3630 or stop by a business office in Sundance, Gillette, or Sheridan. Members may also sign up online at www.precorpfoundation.org or www.precorp.coop. Already an Operation RoundUp Member? Know that your contribution during the fundraising drive will go to this great cause! About The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies (WFBR) The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies delivers food supplies to distribution centers in Buffalo, Gillette, Hulett, Newcastle, Sheridan Sundance, Upton and Wright. For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide four meals. About CoBank CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. Their donation comes from CoBank’s “Sharing Success” program, where they provide funds that improve the quality of life for local communities. “Shared success has always been a hallmark of the cooperative business model,” said CoBank CEO. “We’re delighted to join with you in support of such a worthy cause.”
This Holiday Season help those in need: Fill out this sign-up form and join us in fighting hunger. R
Feed A Family
Insert the completed form in your remittance envelope. Enroll all my accounts in Operation RoundUp Enroll one of my accounts in Operation RoundUp (Acct. #) ______________________ Enroll specified number of my accounts in Operation RoundUp
(Acct. #’s) _______________________________________________________________ I’d like to make a one-time donation of $ ______________________
Name __________________________________ Phone ___________________ Date ___________________ Signature ____________________________________________________
Safe driving benefits you and PRECorp members Use caution at accident scenes By Tim Velder, PRECorp Marketing Communications
At PRECorp, our primary concern is for the well-being of the drivers whose lives and health are threatened in a crash. Secondly, the crash could have an indirect impact on the members of PRECorp. Throughout 2012, drivers have accidentally caused several PRECorp power outages when their vehicle smashed into a power pole, power line, or transformer. The accidents required emergency responders and PRECorp crews to clear the scene and restore power to the scores of members whose homes and ranches were darkened by the accident. Drivers who aren’t 100-percent alert, who drive too fast, or overdrive on slick roads are running the risk of colliding with another vehicle, or careening into a ditch. While no driver can pick the place their automobile accident will happen, there are measures to keep in mind when driving on hazardous roads: • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. • Stay focused. Do not use your phone or dashboard controls if they pull your eyes off the road.
• Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand). • If your vehicle starts to slide, always look and steer where you want to go. • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly helps regain traction and avoids spinouts. • Leave time and distance to slow down. It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. • Double the following distance behind the cars in front of you. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is to keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
Know the hazards at an accident scene:
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• If you crash into a power pole or transformer, or come upon an accident of this nature, be very careful. Call 911 immediately. • Do not get out of your car if a power line is touching it. Do not touch or attempt to move a downed line. Stay back from the scene. Use caution. Fight the urge to escape or rush in until you have surveyed the area for potential hazards.
Holiday office closings In observance of Christmas, the Powder River Energy offices will be closed Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25.
Before you dig: Call One-Call of Wyoming at 1-800-849-2476 at least two business days before you intend to dig and request the location of all underground facilities on public rights-of-way in the area of the construction or excavation. Be prepared with information about the scheduled time, location, and nature of your activity and the name of any contractor involved in the project. You may also have to pay for locates between meters and structures on private property.
Offices will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day.
Call 1-888-391-6220 to report an outage.
of your dig, you may need to take special care not to damage any lines or pipes and this may sometimes require hand digging as a precaution. Ignoring the line locations, or refusing to call before digging, could make the digger responsible for death, injury, multiple lawsuits and financial liability. Plan ahead. Call One-Call of Wyoming call at 1-800-849-2476, at least 48-hours in advance of starting your project.
After the lines are located on both sides of the meter, you may proceed with the excavation. But remember if you know there are facilities in the area POWDER RIVER ENERGY CORPORATION 221 Main Street • P.O. Box 930 • Sundance, WY 82729 1-800-442-3630 • Report an Outage: 1-888-391-6220
As an official publication of Powder River Energy Corporation, the purpose of Power Lines is to communicate to member/ customers information concerning their electric cooperative, and to offer suggestions and ideas regarding the safe, efficient, and economical use of electric energy.
Back issues of the Power Lines can be found on PRECorp’s website at: www.precorp.coop/ company-and-news.