This article discusses the different factors that will help preppers to develop good situational awareness. Doing so is a more complex process than many people realize. Because crime increases during a disaster, situational awareness becomes even more important during disasters.
Part of developing situational awareness is learning to listen to one’s sixth sense. Some of the descriptions of the sixth sense are a creepy feeling, a masculine gut feeling, a feminine intuition, or a strange unease. Some of these feelings can be the result of elements in the environment (body language, voice tones, words, actions, objects) that seem odd or out of place.
There are conditions, however, that will hinder the effective use of one’s sixth sense. Drugs and alcohol, are examples. Also, those who are in denial, or who are trying to be polite will not make good use of their sixth sense. Finally, those who are not centered in the present time frame because of daydreaming or the use of earphones will impede their sixth sense. Criminals will pick up on these weaknesses and will exploit them.
Although a least one part of the sixth sense is psychic ability, some of the sixth sense ability also depends upon life learning and life experiences. Younger people have not lived long enough to have learned and experienced what older people have learned and experienced. Thus, to develop good situational awareness, younger people should learn in general about crime and more specifically about dangerous people.
Ideally, older, more experienced people, especially parents, will teach situational awareness to younger, more naïve people. The “stranger danger” program is an example of a formal, structured program of such instruction for young children.
As they grow older and more literate, children can do more and more of this learning by themselves. They can do so, for example, by reading about crime from books written by professionals such as policemen. These youth also can learn about crime from newspaper and magazine articles, from movies, and from conversations with peers. There is even a game that helps to develop situational awareness.
Much crime information is general and will apply in most locations. Some crime information, however, is local in nature. Thus, tourists and business travelers would do well to ask local hotel, or police personnel about crime in the cities with which these travelers are unfamiliar.
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