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Arlington, VA, August __ 2021 – FMI – the Food Industry Association, in partnership with The Power of Preparedness (TPOP) will offer its members comprehensive online training for workplace violence prevention, verbal de-escalation, and active assailant preparedness. The training, which is custom tailored for the grocery and food industry, will give FMI members and their workers the knowledge and confidence to identify, prevent, and if necessary, minimize potentially violent conflicts.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin commented on the partnership, saying, “Our industry leaders have experienced inexplicable crises that tremendously affected their companies, their employees and their communities. They have experienced acts of violence and responded with heroism. While we may never be able to make sense of these devastating situations, we must continue to remain vigilant, offer resources and training, and uplift each other when they occur.”

“Public venues like groceries and retail locations are especially vulnerable to malicious actors, and current societal stressors have heightened the risk of violence,” said William Flynn, TPOP co-founder and chief strategy officer, and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “I applaud FMI and its members for committing to maximize the safety of their workers and customers.”

The web-based courses include topics such as situational awareness; verbal de-escalation techniques; active shooter preparedness; and response to injury. The training is interactive, engaging, and designed to help quickly and efficiently commit the training to memory. Since the course is accessible from any Internet-enabled device, it is ideal for reaching teams of all sizes without the need to organize in-person group events or work around disparate schedules.

“We know from experience that the way to ensure effective crisis preparation, response and recovery is to build muscle-memory through training and practice,” said Doug Baker, FMI’s vice president of industry relations. . “Providing this essential, best-in-class training from The Power of Preparedness (TPOP) will help FMI members to confidently manage and mitigate risk.”

FMI members may take advantage of exclusive member discounts for training their entire organizations. Visit to learn more and request trial access.

About FMI

As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply chain. FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain — from retailers that sell to consumers, to producers that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services — to amplify the collective work of the industry.

About TPOP – Active Shooter Preparedness Training

The Power of Preparedness (TPOP) provides engaging online training for workplace violence prevention, verbal de-escalation, and active assailant preparedness, customized for a growing number of industries. Our flagship course, “Think & Survive”, provides baseline active shooter preparedness, situational awareness, and de-escalation training in less than one hour. Taught by internationally recognized subject matter experts, TPOP’s superior content is delivered in short videos and quizzes that maximize engagement and retention. Learn about the benefits of training your entire organization at


Heather Garlich

Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing & Consumer/Community Affairs

FMI – The Food Industry Association


Andrew Bank

Strategy & Business Development

TPOP – The Power of Preparedness