The National Situational Awareness Day is observed annually on September 26th.
“Situation awareness involves being aware of what is happening in the vicinity, in order to understand how information, events, and one’s own actions will impact goals and objectives, both immediately and in the near future.”
Situational awareness is not something that applies only to highly trained security professionals and government agents.
Situational awareness in your everyday life can help recognize dangerous situations, suspicious behavior or even terrorist threats.
1. Be aware of your surroundings
Be aware of your surroundings weather you are at home, work or on the streets.
You would not cross the street without watching for traffic signs and signals first, staying off of your phone, and look where you walk. Same should apply in every situation.
Situation awareness is the foundation of your personal safety.
Being aware of your surroundings includes outside people and things and paying attention to your environment. Situation awareness could save your life one day.
2. Recognize the threat
Situation awareness all starts with the way an individual perceives the environmental elements around them.
Being tired, distracted, or shocked can interfere with reading a situation as well as routine or automatism
Gun-fighting expert Jeff Cooper recommends always staying in a “Yellow code” condition for optimal situational awareness. The code could be describe as “relaxed alert.” More information on Jeff Coopers color code can be found here.
In one word: Be vigilant. Recognize the threat by analyzing the situation around you. Situation awareness is the most important skill to learn to keep everyone around you safe.
3. Trust your guts
Trust your intuition and your body. If you feel a situation is not right, it probably isn’t.
4. Get involved / Take responsibility
Being observant and aware of your surroundings is sometimes not good enough. Action need to be taken.
In a threatening situation, being aware even seconds before an event happens may keep you safe. Spotting anomalies might give you time to act instead of just reacting.
Taking action could be as simple as mentioning the situation to the authorities, to your superiors, or any parties that may be at risk.
Always remain safe: only get involve if you are safe yourself.
Spector Security highlights the importance of security awareness during their “Active shooter training” and “emergency preparedness training”. We offer active shooter and emergency preparedness training to help you or your staff be more prepared. Please visit our training section of our website to learn more.