Situational Awareness what is it and how do we get it.

Situational Awareness means simply being aware of your surroundings. It does not mean staring at your phone while walking to your car in the dark. That is what the bad guys look for. Don’t give them an opportunity. Walk with purpose, looking all around as you do. Have your keys in your hand. If you look like you mean business you will be more likely to be left alone. Bad guys want an easy target. When you walk around the corner of a building don’t hug the corner, we all do it. Swing wide a little bit so you can see if someone is hiding waiting for you.  When you are unlocking your car, look under the car before you get to it. Make sure there is no one hiding there. Parking garages are kind of dark anyway.  If you feel like someone is following you, drive right to the police station, a bad guy don’t want any part of law enforcement. 

Try not to take the same exact route every time. We are all creatures of habit. We take our breaks at the same time, we eat at the same place for lunch, we take the same exact route home every time. Change it up a little, keep the bad guys always guessing. They will look for an easier target.

If you get the feeling something is wrong trust it, something probably is wrong. The better you get at situational awareness the more control over your own life you will have.  You will start to notice things out of the ordinary. You will look at people a little different than before. If you don’t have situational awareness that is ok, it is something you can practice and learn, but please start learning for your own safety.

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written by Barbara Conover

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Become invisible when the SHTF

We all spend our whole lives trying to stand out in a crowd. In an emergency situation you might want to think about blending in. You might wonder why, the reason is simple. If you look like you are too flashy, or confident or have something someone would want, you become a target. An angry mob of people will act first and think later. Don’t get caught in a an angry mob.

So what do you do to become invisible, first of all you want to blend in and don’t draw attention to yourself.  Wear clothes that are earth tones or neutral colored. Don’t wear anything someone would remember later. If you have a scar or tattoo that someone might recall at a later date you might want to cover it up.  Be as ordinary as you can in all ways. If you dress like you are on a secret combat mission people will remember that. That is not blending in to your surroundings.  You want to become invisible to everyone, including the police and the bad guys.

Know what is happening but don’t look like you do or care. Stay to yourself, don’t look directly at people, avoid eye contact. Move slowly and deliberately don’t do anything that would make someone be able to remember you. 

If you are in your own home town you already know how to act like a local. If you are from a big city and find yourself in a rural area, learn how the locals walk and talk. Remember blending in to your surroundings is what you are trying to achieve.  Stay away from big crowds, learn the streets in your area so you know which areas are safe and which one are not.  Learn where the hospitals, police, gas stations are located in the area you are in. That is one of the first things I do when I go somewhere new. I find out at least where the hospital is, you never know what could happen.

If you are a woman you must be especially diligent. Don’t do anything to stand out, even wearing perfume could cause someone to notice you. Smell is a powerful thing.  Keep your situational awareness, don’t look directly at someone.  Blend in don’t leave any kind of impression on those you might come in contact with.

If you look like you have something to hide or something valuable, people will take notice. They will wonder why you are so paranoid, that will make them want to investigate. You might have something they want or need. You don’t want to walk around oblivious to your surroundings, you just want to look that way.  Pay attention see and listen to everything. Be ready for anything, don’t look prepared but be prepared.

Written by Barbara Conover

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