Situational Awareness: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Others

Situational Awareness is a constant topic of training at Xiphos, but it is also something that we encourage every individual to learn and understand. We believe that everyone should have access to the tools and resources that allow us to keep ourselves safe from violence and theft. With Xiphos’ passion for protection, our goal is that these tips will be used as a catalyst for discussions and education on this topic.

Here are some of our best practices for optimizing Situational Awareness:

Learn to Predict Events
The most effective aspect of situational awareness involves the ability to project the future actions of elements around you. Use this information to think ahead and determine how it will affect future actions and events in the environment.

Identify Elements Around You
Start by noticing the threats/non-threats that surround you. This is the most basic level of situational awareness where you begin to monitor, detect, and recognize multiple situational elements. These include objects, events, people, and environmental factors.

Safety is the Main Concern
If confronted while driving, do not get out of our vehicle if surrounded. Turn around and leave the situation when safe.

Step Out of the Smart Phone Zone
Take your eyes off your phone and look around. Smartphone usage is emerging as a leading cause of accidents and attacks since it blinds you to your environment.

Use Your Senses
One of the excellent ways to improve your situational awareness is to tune into your senses. You need to utilize your sight, hearing, smelling, touch, and possibly taste to strengthen your power of observation.

Limit Situational Overload
Overload causes distraction, increased errors, and high stress. Prioritizing, delegating tasks, and minimizing surrounding distractions can improve survival during times of overload.