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The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Give A Little
Three special ladies gave me a t-shirt and took my blood this week. Meet Phlebotomists Lacey, Tonika and Teresa. They are doing their part to help save lives! Have a great holiday weekend. Welcome to week 119 of The Friday Feature.
The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Never Underestimate Your Actions
👉 We have choices. When faced with challenging situations, we can run at the storm or run away. On April 15, 2013, Dr. Natalie Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away, she heard explosions and ran towards them. Arriving at the scene she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded. Following these actions President Barack Obama, Katie Couric, and Anderson Cooper honored her for actions. Improper Bostonian magazine named Dr. Stavas one of "Boston's Best" and The Boston Globe awarded her with "2013 Bostonian of the Year" - an honor bestowed upon those that shape the biggest story of the year in a remarkable way. After the bombings Dr. Stavas increased her efforts in preventing childhood violence. She became a weekly medical contributor for Boston's Fox 25- discussing issues affecting children and young adults, a mentor for Sole Train- a non-profit guiding inner-city youth on a path towards their full potential through running. Dr. Stavas is currently a leader in education and research. She serves as the Program Director for Child Protection Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. In this role she mentors medical students, residents, and fellows towards a path of fulfillment in medicine. Her research on caring for vulnerable children has won awards and been highlighted on multiple media outlets. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Stavas has focused her research on how COVID-19 is affecting children’s health as well as physical wellbeing. She completed her training at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University. Welcome to Week 118 of #TheFridayFeature. Thanks Natalie! #keeppushingforward because your #actionsmatter and #inspire others.
Sitting just off Highway 25 in Bloomfield, Mo. sits a walk-up burger and ice cream shop. Along with burgers and ice cream, they also have other menu items. Jerry and Sheila would love for you to stop by and see them.
The Friday Feature w/ Sean: Dads and Moms
🤠 Happy Father’s Day! A special shout-out to those Dads and Moms who made the choice to make a difference in someone’s life they didn’t create. ❤️ You didn’t have to do it, but you did. Thank you Jim Vanslyke. Welcome to Week 117 of The Friday Feature.
As a follow-up to our Facebook post yesterday, we are still asking our members to help us conserve energy from the hours of 2 pm to 8 pm today and tomorrow. We know you have heard of the chance of rolling blackouts in different areas. We want to ensure you that if that becomes the case for SEMO Electric Cooperative, we will notify our members first. We appreciate all you do to help us in this time of need. If you have any questions, call us at (800) 813-5230.
Due to unseasonably high temperatures, members of SEMO Electric Cooperative have been asked to safely conserve electricity as the three-tiered system of electric cooperatives continues to do everything possible to meet members’ energy needs.
Associated Electric Cooperative, the power supplier for six regional generation and transmission cooperatives and 51 distribution cooperatives, including SEMO Cooperative, notified member systems on June 14 that energy supplies may be tight on June 16 and June 17, and that member systems can help make a difference by conserving energy on those two days from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., when peak energy use occurs.
During high-temperature weather events, members can help conserve energy by:
o Raise their thermostats a few degrees. For example, if a normal setting for a member’s home is 75 degrees, raise it to 78 degrees.
o Limit the use of large appliances.
o Unplug devices that are not in use.
o Turn off unnecessary lights.
We will continue to update our members as needed. We appreciate you all and hope you are staying safe in this heat. If you have questions, call (800) 813-5230.
SEMO Electric Cooperative wants to ensure the safety of our employees and members in this excessive heat. Along with your safety, we want to educate you on ways to conserve energy and help avoid bill shock. Watch the video and read the article to the link below from an interview we did with KFVS12. We appreciate you all. If you have any questions, please call (800) 813-5230.
SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - Every summer we see temperatures climb to be quite warm in the Heartland.
This year is no different as we are seeing temperatures reach into the upper 90′s and possibly topping out in the triple digits.
So, when the temperature climbs, so does the use of your air conditioning unit which could result in a higher than average bill.
We talked with representatives with SEMO Electric who said there are some tips that you can utilize to help keep your summer energy costs down.
“So along with excessive heat also comes the need to conserve energy and to try to avoid bill shock at all possible,” SEMO Electric Manger of Member Services and Key Accounts Dannett Cooper said. “And a few ways to do that is if you keep your AC unit on 72, if you bump it up to 74 and try to utilize those ceiling fans a little bit more, that’s going to help tremendously.”
Other ways Cooper suggested was to keep all curtains and blinds closed to avoid any extra heating of the home you are in.
“Also, if you can avoid using the oven, if you can use the outside grill to cook a meal or even have a no prep meal,” Cooper said. “Something that doesn’t require any cooking, that’s going to help as well.”
Cooper also added to plan to use your dishwasher, washing machine or other appliances after the sun goes down and use them at different times throughout the night.
The electric bill is not the only area they have advice on as they have provided tips to keep cool during this extreme heat we are experiencing as well.
“We want to make sure people stay cool,” SEMO Electric Manger of Administration and HR Angie Byford said. “We want them to use different tips. You can use a bed fan at night to keep yourself cool, a cooling pillow or a cooling blanket instead of bumping that thermostat down in your house.”
If you drive anywhere, it is suggested you use a windshield shade while the car is unattended parked out in the sun.
“You can use a cooling bandana or a chilling towel if you’re working outside,” Byford said. “Also, stay hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water, any kind of sports drink, stuff like that just to make sure you’re getting plenty of liquids in your body.”
Lastly, they offered a few safety tips as well besides staying hydrated. They offer suggestions to protect yourself by wearing light clothing, wearing sunscreen and sunglasses. They also mentioned to plan your schedule to do activities in the early morning or at night and to also keep an eye on the elderly and pets.
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As temperatures rise, drink water to stay hydrated. Check on neighbors and animals. Visit a cool place like a library or a cooling center to help stay cool. Cooling centers in Missouri: https://data.mo.gov/.../Missouri-Cooling.../2wki-9iz8.