Roundup for Safety
Roundup for Safety Directors
Roundup for Safety

If you have a safety hazard in your neighborhood, Flathead Electric’s Roundup for Safety program may be able to help. Roundup for Safety’s board of directors evaluates applications and awards grants to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations to help pay for life-safety projects throughout our service territory.

Funds for the program come from Cooperative members who participate by allowing their monthly bills to be rounded up to the next dollar. The average cost for each participating member is about $8 per year. Roundup for Safety asks you to look for neighborhood projects to consider.

If you find a safety problem that needs fixing, Roundup for Safety could be the answer. Apply online or pick up an application at the Cooperative offices in Libby or Kalispell.

Roundup for Safety awards grants to non-profit groups throughout the Cooperative’s service area to help pay for safety-related projects. Participating members allow their monthly bills to be “rounded up” to the nearest dollar, with the extra money going into a fund administered by an independent board of directors. Since 1997, the program has awarded more than $3,000,000 to organizations supporting over 900 projects

Grant applications are available at Cooperative offices in Kalispell and Libby and here, online.

For more information, call Mike Radel at 751-4429.

Roundup For Safety Board Members

Donna Ryan
District 1 - Columbia Falls to Essex
Started in 2006
Holly Brosten
District 2 - Lower Valley
Started in 2013
Deborah Schmidt
District 3 - Whitefish
Started in 2008
Leslie Bales
District 4 - Helena Flats
Started in 2012
Wayne Saverud
District 5 - North Kalispell
Started in 2006
Rex Harris
District 6 - West Valley
Started in 2013
Celinda English
District 7 - South Kalispell
Started in 2007
Jerry Bygren
District 8 - Bigfork
Started in 2012
Terry Crooks
District 9 - Director Libby
Started in 2013

Roundup for Safety Saves Lives

(Flathead Beacon May 21, 2015)

A 49-year-old man who was stabbed May 9 outside of a local bar may have died from his injuries if it hadn’t been for a Kalispell police officer’s use of a tourniquet.

According to Kalispell Police Chief Roger Nasset, officers began carrying tourniquets last fall after the department was awarded a grant through Flathead Electric Cooperative’s RoundUp for Safety program. The program awards grants to organizations by allocating money that Flathead Electric service members contribute by rounding their monthly bills up to the next dollar. On average, it adds about $8 to a home’s electricity bills each year.

“It’s nice when you have a program like this that has been doing a great thing for so long, and in this case we can show a direct benefit,” Nasset said. “It saved this victim’s life.”

Nasset said a member of the Kalispell Police Department’s SWAT Team, Ben Sutton, learned of the importance of tourniquets during his SWAT training, then took the initiative of applying for a grant through the RoundUp for Safety Program.

“He learned of the life-saving abilities of tourniquets, not only to fellow officers but also to victims and suspects, and the important ability of applying immediate first aid, especially in a situation where there is major trauma and significant bleeding,” Nasset said. “The chance of survival is much greater if a tourniquet is properly applied immediately rather than waiting for medical personnel to arrive.”

In the early morning hours of May 9, police responded to a report of a stabbing in the parking lot of a bar on U.S. Highway 2 West, Nasset said. The man had suffered multiple stab and slashing wounds, mainly to his extremities, and witnesses to the assault were attempting to stanch the profuse bleeding.

Officer Jesse Allen immediately applied a tourniquet to what he observed was an arterial bleed on the man’s left leg.

Medical staff later acknowledged that the stabbing victim might have succumbed to his injuries if it were not for the proper application of a tourniquet.

The suspect in the case was arrested May 14. The victim underwent emergency surgery and has since been released from the hospital.

Nasset said the RoundUp for Safety program has also provided funds to purchase ballistic helmets and medical kits for the SWAT team.

Updated: October 17, 2016