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Situational Awareness

Updated 03/14/2017

   The ability to identify, process, and comprehend
   the critical elements of information about what is
   happening to the team with regards to the
   mission. More simply, it's knowing what is going
   on around you whether on a dark street, at work,
   or during a military combat mission.
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   The big takeaway from this:
  1.  Never attend an interview in a private hotel room.  Use the lobby or other area.
     Avoid any area that may represent an added danger if you needed to call for help.
  2.  If you need to change locations, use a cab, a rental car or your own car. You never
     now for certain who is standing before you unless you are in the office of the
     company you are interviewing with.
  3.  These situations also apply to minimize potential risk of theft by knife, gun or
     other means unless you are in a company's offices where you are interviewing with.

   Situational Awareness  |  Wikipedia.com   
    The perception of environmental elements and events with respect to time or space, the comprehension
    of their meaning, and the projection of their status after some variable has changed, such as time, or
    some other variable, such as a predetermined event. It is also a field of study concerned with
    understanding of the environment critical to decision-makers in complex, dynamic areas from aviation,
    air traffic control, ship navigation, power plant operations, military command and control, and emergency
    services such as fire fighting and policing; to more ordinary but nevertheless complex tasks such as
    driving an automobile or riding a bicycle.

    Situation awareness involves being aware of what is happening in the vicinity to understand how
    information, events, and one's own actions will impact goals and objectives, both immediately and in the
    near future. One with an adept sense of situation awareness generally has a high degree of knowledge
    with respect to inputs and outputs of a system, an innate "feel" for situations, people, and events that
    play out because of variables the subject can control. Lacking or inadequate situation awareness has been
    identified as one of the primary factors in accidents attributed to human error.[1] Thus, situation
    awareness is especially important in work environments where the information flow can be quite high and
    poor decisions may lead to serious consequences (such as piloting an airplane, functioning as a soldier,
    or treating critically ill or injured patients).

  5 Principals of Situational Awareness [Potential Hostile Locations]
     Training      –  You may now be taking your first step in better preparing yourself for your travels.
                                  It is recommended that if you’re going to a country that has been identified as
                                  potentially dangerous or unstable, then your organization should consider additional
                                  practical training to advance your skills. You should check with your own Government
                                  for a list of countries that are potentially hazardous. If they don’t have a list, the
                                  US State Department’s list is a good one to use as a reference.

     Observation – You must be aware of your surroundings at all times. Only by realistic training will you
                                 be able to read the situation correctly. You may only have seconds to plan your course
                                 of action, and if you read the situation wrong, you may make the situation worse.

     Reaction      – Within seconds you will have decided what course of action to take: hard, soft or
                                 passive. Responding in a passive way is when you talk or walk your way out of the
                                 situation. Responding in a soft way is when your reaction dilutes the situation from a
                                 potentially dangerous situation to a far less one. And finally hard – this is when you
                                 use maximum force to save yourself from a life-threatening situation. Which ever one
                                 you choose you must see it through to the end. It is better to progress your response,
                                 i.e. try and start off passive and only go to soft and hard if required. You can always
                                 step up your response but it is very hard to reduce it.

     Control        – You must be confident in your actions and see them through to the end. If you are
                                 indecisive then your reaction may fail and this could be costly to you and potentially
                                 others. Being in control may put an element doubt or fear into the perpetrators which
                                 may prevent the situation from becoming worse or stop it all together.

     Safety          – One situation may lead to another. Only once you and your comrades are safe is the
                                 situation over.

                           http://www.preparedex.com/            Article published by Ron Burton of PreparedEx