'Situational awareness' critical this summer

Posted 7/9/19

With summer officially here, and many across Bradley County returning from an early vacation, I wanted to once again remind our citizens that two words are very important to remember: Situational …

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'Situational awareness' critical this summer


With summer officially here, and many across Bradley County returning from an early vacation, I wanted to once again remind our citizens that two words are very important to remember: Situational awareness.

What is situational awareness? It is the ability to identify, process and comprehend information about how to survive in an emergency situation that one may find themselves, or their family, in at any given time.

This skill is something that can be useful here at home and also at any location that one may find himself, or herself, in the future.

This skill may also be a deterrent in becoming a victim, as well. In knowing what is going on around you, you may not only avoid a crime, but you will also be better prepared to help give the resulting law enforcement professionals a much better description of those involved in perpetrating the crime.

Becoming more self-aware does not involve the techniques to turn the average person into another “Jason Bourne." There are a few items that we can all benefit from.

With time and practice you will find that once you understand each situation, you may also be able to predict future actions and events.

Identify elements around you each day. These may include objects, events, people and environmental factors. Most of us do this already to some degree, but focus on expanding your perception of what is happening around you. Trusting your feelings is one way of allowing your subconscious to help protect you and your family.

When something just “does not feel right," we may lose the ability to remember key details during a time when this is needed the most. Avoid sensory overload and also complacency. Assuming that everything will always turn out wrong, or that everything will always turn out fine, may cause us to be overwhelmed or complacent.

Remain relaxed, but also prepared for contingencies. Be aware of time and your place within it, and review survival techniques when appropriate. Actively prevent fatigue by getting adequate sleep, and restful down time. When placed in a survival situation always be prepared for any sudden changes around you, and also monitor and help others who may be in need of help.

The new surroundings of a vacation getaway may lull us into a perceived notion that crime will never happen to me here. The routine environment of our home may likewise find us thinking that a crime has never happened here. Both of these examples are where we never want to find ourselves.

We are blessed to live in a wonderful community with very little crime, but as time marches on it is also evident that we are never immune from those who seek to steal, take and possibly destroy what is not theirs.

If you are in Bradley County or away on a dream vacation, my hope is that you will be spared the misdeeds of those who are not fit to live in a civilized society. By becoming more situationally aware, we can all do our best to avoid, survive and then provide information to the appropriate law enforcement professionals to help in the apprehension of those involved in any crime.

Enjoy your summer vacation, and at all times, try to not only notice but to remember every who, what, where, when and how of your daily activities. This will aid in your ability to have a safe and secure time no matter where your summer vacation may find you.

In doing so, you will continue to be another reason that the residents of Bradley County are Tennessee at its best! 


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