More often than not, the benefits of preparedness training are touted as a valuable safeguard against active shooter or workplace violence situations. But as witnessed in a recent incident involving one TPOP client, critical training for prevention and response can be beneficial in unexpected ways.

In February, three employees at mid-Atlantic grocer Weis Markets were able to apply Stop The Bleed training they’d received from nearby Geisinger Trauma Services to take quick, decisive, life-saving action for an injured shopper. The customer, who was nursing a previous foot injury, was in the midst of what was described as a “severe bleed” when employees at the Muncy, PA Weis location discovered their condition. Using their training and with the assistance of bleed control kits, these employees came to the customer’s aid while awaiting professional medical attention.

“Giving staff the skills and confidence to handle an emergency situation made all the difference, and it turned a potentially catastrophic event into a manageable crisis,” said Will England, VP of Asset Protection for Weis Markets. “Our employees felt empowered and proud of their actions, and our shopper was grateful for our fast, professional response.




Weis’s success is the type of story that might go unnoticed, but it’s also exactly the kind of example that shows how vital preparedness training can come in handy. In moments both big and small and in ways that may not be so obvious, here are a few more reasons to boost your organization’s preparedness plan.

1. Speed

From shopper injuries like the one in Pennsylvania to active shooter events and lockdown scenarios, time is of the essence. As you’ve read here on the TPOP blog, most mass shootings and acts of workplace violence begin and end in mere minutes—even seconds. Training and reinforced knowledge on things like Run-Hide-Fight, de-escalation techniques, wound treatment, and more can help staff retain a level of “muscle memory” when a crucial moment arrives—quickly acting on informed instinct instead of guessing and putting lives in greater jeopardy. Remember: the body can’t go where the mind hasn’t been.

2. Effective Medical Skills

Sure, Weis Markets could’ve just placed first aid kits throughout their store – instead, they chose not to use half measures. As part of the organization’s preparedness plan, Weis opted for robust, professional training for their team, and equipped employees with tools that included materials designed specifically to slow or stop deadly bleeding. Once again, rather than guessing, Weis personnel were able to confidently execute life-saving tactics.

3. Employee Morale

In today’s risk environment—and given the amount of employee turnover across many industries—you want motivated and empowered personnel. A comprehensive emergency operations plan that includes expert training can help you develop not only a workforce that’s ready but one that understands their safety and well-being is an organizational priority.

With expertise including Run-Hide-Fight, active shooter preparedness and response, situational awareness, de-escalation techniques, and more, The Power of Preparedness provides critical guidance that can save lives. Contact us to learn more.