As 2020 winds down and we head into the shortest days of the year, it is a good time to take stock of our accomplishments and start to think about our New Year’s goals. Much of what we had hoped to do in 2020 was set back by a global pandemic that not only impacted our local operations, but also our supply chain. If that were not bad enough, we saw the effect of wildfires on our members and our neighboring utilities. The losses felt by them and their response to rebuild entire lines has also impacted our supply chain and the costs of materials. Nevertheless, our employees have marched on through all this, working to keep our most critical projects on track to complete the year.
As we move into winter, we remind members to prepare for stormy weather and the possibility of power outages. The Ready.gov website recommends having emergency provisions to get you through two weeks without power and having a list of contacts, including your neighbors, who can assist you or whom you can assist in an emergency.
If you do experience an outage, please call us even if you think your neighbor has already called, and please be patient if our incoming phone lines are busy. For safety’s sake, stay away from downed power lines and assume they are energized. You can be sure we will keep safety and reliability at the forefront of our efforts.
The holidays are a time for giving and to be united with family and friends. For many of us, sharing our usual traditions of meals and get-togethers will be impossible this year. That does not mean we should lose the holiday spirit of joy and giving. Acts of charity may be more meaningful this year than ever, so please do not hesitate to give if you can. Doing so can truly help bring peace on earth and goodwill to all. Your generosity throughout the year is recognized by all of us here at your electric cooperative.
We wish all of you a very happy holidays and a prosperous new year.