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Don't wait for NFPA's forthcoming active shooter standard to act

Medical Environment Update, September 7, 2017

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A new standard under development by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) aims to define a set of best practices in preparing for active shooter and armed intruder incidents. The committee of law enforcement officers, emergency responders, healthcare leaders, and other stakeholders devising the standard hope their work will ultimately improve public safety by setting very clear expectations for both preparation and response. Experts say, however, that you shouldn’t wait for the final version of the standard, NFPA 3000, before implementing locally tailored measures of your own to stave off violence and improve organizational resiliency.

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