This article will discuss why preppers need to develop their situational awareness skills and how to do so. This article also will discuss different types of situational awareness.
Situational awareness is a mindset that makes people aware of their surroundings and aware of what could be helpful to them if a threat were to arise. As an example, if a woman notices that she is being followed by a suspicious looking man, she might enter a busy store for protection and then call a cab to get away from her follower.
One threat that presently requires situational awareness is terrorism. Situational awareness is especially appropriately around certain dates that are anniversaries of past terrorist attacks. Law enforcement depends upon the public to be extra sets of eyes and ears for the war on terrorism.
U.S. citizens can use situational awareness not only to help law enforcement, but also to directly protect themselves. Noticing where the exits are located in public buildings, for example, could mean the difference between surviving and dying.
One scenario that preppers might have to face in the future is a severe economic depression and cuts in public spending on law enforcement. Together, the economic depression and the cuts in law enforcement spending would cause rising crime rates.
Preppers can prepare for these soon to be rising crime rates by developing situational awareness skills, which will lessen the chances that they will become victims of crime. Because senior citizens are more often targeted by criminals, senior citizens should be especially diligent in developing situational awareness skills. Any person, however, can be targeted by criminals, especially if this person shows certain behaviors that attract criminals.
Some people feel that such skills make a person paranoid, and they do not want to live their lives like that. Situational awareness, however, is a set of skills that can applied in such a way that a person using situational awareness skills can relax when appropriate but can be fully aware of and ready to confront danger when necessary.
As an example, there are laws that prohibit motorists from using smart phones in cars because the preoccupation with these smart phones can cause car accidents. Although there are no laws prohibiting pedestrians from using smart phones, doing so on a crime ridden street can cause the pedestrian to become a victim of a criminal. Not only will the use of a smart phone by a pedestrian limit the pedestrian’s situational awareness, this smartphone use also will indicate to a criminal that this pedestrian will be easier to victimize than a pedestrian with better situational awareness skills.
When people are in the safety of their homes, however, they can relax and safely devote their full attention to their smart phones. The person with poor situational awareness who becomes a victim of street crime, however, might become so paranoid that they cannot relax even in environments that are safe.
Situational awareness means being able to recognize both people and places that might be dangerous. This recognition comes most easily when people fully use both their hearing and seeing senses, as well as their 6th sense.
The 6th sense is most often aroused when something in the environment seems abnormal. Sensing an abnormality is easier in a familiar environment such as a person’s neighborhood. Sensing an abnormality in the environment is harder, however, when a person is in an unfamiliar environment.
One way to start developing situational awareness skills is to play Kim’s Game. This is a game for all ages, so even children can begin learning situational awareness skills.
Another way for people to use situational awareness skills in a group format is for them to organize and start a block watch program in their neighborhood. Police departments can help neighborhood residents to organize and start block watch programs.
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