Situational awareness when going out
Situational Awareness When Going Out.
During times of high risk / disaster / civil unrest etc need to become much more situationally aware before you go venturing outdoors to the shops, work, school, visiting family etc. You must check your local news traffic and crime warnings before going anywhere, EVERYTIME….. Don’t JUST anything.
Never drive (walk) to destination into without ensuring you have at least TWO ways out.
Never let your vehicle fuel tank go under half , preferably 3/4 during a crisis
Keep Vehicle doors locked especially in built up areas.
AND the I.C.E in your car is for listening to local news, traffic news etc during a crisis, not music.
Keep Shades, Hat, Gloves, Mask, Wipes, Flat shoes, easily to hand in vehicle.
No bags or valuables on show in vehicle (in the boot / trunk or under the seat or in glovebox.)
Never try to drive through any sort of crowd gathering, even slowly.
When you park up,do so ONLY in brightly lit areas and ALWAYS park so you can drive FORWARDS to get out, Never park nose first into a blind parking bay.
Never ENTER or LEAVE a shop or building without looking AND listening in /out to see if its safe.
Always have your car keys ready to hand when you return to your vehicle.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN is it safe to proceed?
Never sit NEAR the window or with your back to the window / door in a cafe, diner / bar etc
NOTE where the fire escapes and emergency exits are.
Go armed, your PDW (if legal) goes ON YOUR PERSON not in a bag.(as should your Wallet/Purse/Bill-fold & Car Keys)
Keep your Bag / Purse to your FRONT, and NEVER wear the strap over your head.
(Ladies) if possible no high heels, tight short skirts, exposed valuable jewellery on show
Trust your instincts, chance are if something does not feel right, then it probably is NOT all right.
If you see crowds / mobs at destination go some place else or delay trip until another day
Watch the crowds, how are they moving, Purposefully? Aggressively? Fearfully? Are they fleeing or are they attacking ?
Finished shopping? Make sure you or your vehicle is not being followed as you head home ( Keys ready)
Night Time Observations.
Not many people realise the following,During the day your eyes mainly use the rods and cones and the BACK of the eye to detect SHAPE.But at night your eyes mainly use the rods and cones on the SIDES of your eyeball to detect MOVEMENT.
It part of a ancient ancestor predator detection system we inherited. it is why highly trained soldiers on night patrol constantly move their heads from left to right as they patrol because they know they are more likely to detect the enemy by their MOVEMENT more than their SHAPE.
One noted problem with NVG is they are very narrow focused, if the detectors look straight at the bad guy you will see them, but often your view is limited to about 30 to 40 degrees but anything outside that arc you dont. They are still great devices to have to assist.
Night Time Movements
You have all seen it in the movies or experienced it in the movies, someone moving tactically at night trying to remain undetected, then Crack or Snap they stand on something like a twig or piece of an old bottle and it breaks and makes a telltale noise.
The risk of doing this can be REDUCED not stopped by walking tactically by SLOWLY sweeping the ground with your foot close to the ground then slightly sideways as you take each step. This frequently brushes aside anything that could snap or break before you stand on it. It can also help you detect trip wires before you trigger them. It looks weird , takes concentration, is not guaranteed, and slows you down but has been proven to work in both rural and urban night time environments.
You often see the lead guy in a time or line in a clearing operation pushing his foot forwards close to the ground rather than using the lifted stepping normal method of walking.
It also worth pointing out the benefits of having noisy gravel drives and paths on the approaches to your house / retreat as an early warning system of unwelcome visitors.