WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation here has partnered with the International Council of Shopping Centers and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to create emergency response protocols for retailers to react, respond, and recover from “active shooter incidents,” in which individuals actively engage in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. A set of guidelines was distributed to attendees at NRF’s Loss Prevention Summit in Dallas last week.
“It is imperative that retailers, regardless of the type of store or size of the company, remain vigilant and aware of dangers,” said Joe LaRocca, NRF’s vice president of loss prevention, in a statement. “Retailers and malls should be planning for life-threatening incidents to occur at their stores, educating employees on how to handle the situation, and working with law enforcement on a consistent approach to quickly address a situation if it arises.”
NRF encourages retailers to use the guidelines as a part of their larger emergency management plan to protect employees and customers.
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