During a session about active shooters at NRF's Loss Prevention Conference, Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz walked attendees through a July 2010 situation at Emcore Corp. where a gunman killed his girlfriend then walked the halls looking for more victims, firing 23 rounds in less than three minutes. In a video, Schultz discusses what they learned from the Emcore incident, how to prepare employees for a potential shooting in the workplace, what should be in every company's "go" bag, and why failure to plan for an active shooter situation could put any retailer out of business.
NRF releases updated active shooter response guidelines
Complete with the most up to date information about emergency response protocols, NRF has released the newest version of its active shooter emergency response guidelines. NRF's Senior Asset Protection Advisor Joe LaRocca said, "It's imperative for retailers to educate their employees with the latest updates on emergency situations, which include in-store shootings. By working closely with law enforcement, retailers are able to provide potentially life-saving information for their most valuable assets -- their employees and their customers."
Shooting at Colorado theater serves as safety reminder
July's active shooter incident in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., underscores the unpredictability of where and when these horrific incidents can occur. From reexamining active shooter guidelines to revisiting steps in crisis planning that can and will save lives, NRF VP of Loss Prevention Rich Mellor explains why this should be a call to action for the retail industry to never be caught unprepared.