There are lots of people that are making sure they are caring for their own safety. They want to make sure they are not a victim and a way to do that is to make sure you have a plan. Most people that have a conceal carry or are thinking about getting one should have some understanding about what situational awareness is. The world around you is mostly safe and you don’t have to enact any of your plan. That does not mean that you will never come across an issue that you have to work through. It is also always a good idea to continually work on your plan and what it takes to be prepared. There are several components to being aware and going over them is a good idea when you are out in public. Shooting Range Industries outlines what you need to know about using your situational awareness.
Observation & Perception is Key
There are a few steps you need to go through to make sure you are safe out in public. The first thing you need to do is start to observe the area around you. These are tips on how to observe and what things should be alerting you that there may be an issue coming up ahead. You want to make sure you are in a constant state of observation and this will be good practice for the rest of your life. You want to scan what is in your immediate area then start to scan outward. Anything that stands out to you as an issue or out of the ordinary you want to take note and be ready to take on step two.
Orientation Level of Situational Awareness
Now that you are in a state of observation you want to make sure you know what to do when you come across something that is not normal. This can be a situation that is occurring around you, a suspicious person or vehicle. Now that you recognize there is something that needs your attention you orient yourself. This is when you start to focus on that specific item then get yourself in a position that you can move onto the next step. This might mean that you want to move behind something, rotate your attention or even continue in a direction that is clear.
Make A Decision
You have observed then oriented yourself to a situation and now you need to think about that and make a decision. You want to take what you know about the situation and make a plan of what you can and what you should do. There are lots of options that will likely move through your mind but you want to be decisive and stick to the plan that you come up with. Then you can move on to the last step.
The last step is crucial and will take the rest of your training that you have been going through. You want to spring into action. You want to make sure that you stick to the plan that you made and take on the threat that you observed. It is best to know what your limits are and what you can do to be a good participant in the situation.