WAEP2 Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness

Good situational awareness keeps you safe.

How would you rate your daily level of situational awareness?

In this episode, I introduce a common definition of situational awareness, explain focus lock, normalcy bias, and establishing a baseline, plus The Color Code by fire arms expert Jeff Cooper. The great info doesn’t stop there! I share former CIA agent Jason Hansen’s pre-incident indicator tips, a few games to help you practice and develop your new skill, share the safety tip of the week, and challenge you to identify a relatively famous quote.

What did Dr. Endsley say?

Situational awareness is the perception of the elements in the environment with a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status in the near future.

It all comes down to this:

  • Perception
  • Comprehension
  • Projection

What the heck is focus lock?

Fixation on a specific person or thing

What is normalcy bas?

The disbelief that a threat exhists.

What does baseline mean?

Figure out what’s normal for the person and/or place.

Jeff Cooper’s Color Code:

The only one that matters in my opinion is yellow. This means that you’re alert. If you’re alert, then you’re in a better position to react.

Now that you’re up-to-speed on situational awareness, let me know what you’re doing to practice it. ┬áLeave a note in the comments!

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About KMiller

Kori Miller began studying self-defense when she was 17 years old. Over the years, her formal practice has seen its ups and downs, but her desire to continue learning never has. She's trained in Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, and Hapkido. It is this last style that won her heart. Her philosophy is, "don't be there, but if you must, then protect yourself." Your personal safety starts with a healthy respect for situational awareness and using powerfully, positive body language. Kori is an author, speaker, and trainer.
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