Situational Awareness

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  By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition

This article you should not only save, but also burn it into your memory for the finer points mentioned.  As you Guys and Gals out there in ReadyNutrition Land have deduced from the title, situational awareness is a topic covered before in many different articles and it is important all the time.

You must blend that situational awareness with actions to take immediately upon the perception that a situation has arrived.  Notice I said “perception” and not confirmation.  Know why? Because you need to react accordingly with the perception: the confirmation may be too late.

Scoffers are already picking this one apart, thinking “OK, well, you react…what if you overreact and nothing was really wrong?”  Guess what?  I wrote “accordingly with the perception,” meaning that if you are acting accordingly, you’re not overreacting and therefore not responding/taking action with more than what is necessary.

React accordingly, and after you’re in the clear, then you can assess everything that has happened.

Here’s the reason I’m writing this article:

The other day I parked my vehicle and was getting ready to walk into an establishment.  Just as I left the vehicle, two state troopers pulled up: one in front of my vehicle (head to head) and another slightly off to the first vehicle’s left, but facing mine as well.  A trooper left each vehicle, and although they had sunglasses on their attention was riveted to me.  They watched me and began to follow me as I walked toward the establishment.

Having nothing to worry about, I continued toward the building; however, my logic is that the time to worry is when there is nothing to worry about.  This is a day and age when cops shoot first and ask questions later.  Mistaken identity doesn’t bring a person back from the dead, and it’s better to err on the side of caution.  As I walked toward the building, I angled my approach and immediately placed both of them in enfilade.

This means as I stepped in the front of one of them, both were lined up (in a “line,” if you will) before me.  Neither had drawn a weapon, but the motion I made is instinctive…or “muscle memory” if you wish to label it.  Both were, if it became necessary, in my line of fire, and the first one (closest to me) was masking the fire of the second if they wanted to play.  “Masking” means to block another’s line of fire by (stupidly/unknowingly) placing yourself in between his fire and a potential enemy/target.

Now, obviously these two thought they “had something,” and from their movements and actions, it was also obvious that they soon realized I was not their quarry.  Dismissing it and them (while keeping an eye on them), I entered the building.  One of them poked his head inside the door, and the manager/proprietor looked at him.

“Don’t worry, what we’re looking for is not in here,” he said, and then left.

There was no incident, but I stress this to you: this was a situation.

For those who love law and order, do not take this as an indictment against those state troopers, but keep this in mind: the days of “Officer Friendly” are over.  Sometimes warranted by fear (in the case of city cops constantly attacked by gangs and other miscreants), and sometimes unwarranted, many times they’ll pull the trigger and not mete out the force that is commensurate with the perceived threat.  My thoughts?  I’m not bothering anybody, but if I’m in the ground because of their mistake, I’m the one who really pays for that mistake, right?

It’s better to face a jury of 7 than to be carried by 6.

The situational awareness will help you to avoid complications.  Be aware of your surroundings, and who is in those surroundings.  My wife and I gassing up her vehicle, and as I pulled up to the pump, there were two young men and a young woman just acting stupidly…right in front of the door to the convenience store/gas station.  My wife was going to go in and pay while I pumped the gas.  I motioned for her to stay put while I both paid for and pumped the gas.

The men were carrying beer and the woman carousing with both while all played the fools.  No matter.  I kept my eye on them and paid for the gas, then came out and pumped it as they moved off (“staggered off” being a better term) across the parking lot.

Situational awareness.  I didn’t have to say anything.  I avoided a situation.  Most of the times avoidance is the best answer.  Move out of the area and away from the potential situation before it escalates.  It will all be forgotten in no time.  It is important in the moment for the threat it potentially poses, however, in the long term it is not even worth the time of day.


Situations accomplish nothing if they’re allowed to escalate: avoid them as much as possible.


7 Tips To Improve Your Situational Awareness

Let’s cover some simple basics that you can use all the time.

  1. As with “Driver’s Education,” Get the big picture: see everything that is happening around you and take in the full view.
  2. Watch what people are doing, and what state they are in: whether they’re mad, inebriated, overly friendly…watch them and pay attention to their actions.
  3. Watch what people have in their hands or on their person (such as a knife strapped to their belt, etc.)
  4. Know where you are. Are you up against the wall as two men are approaching you from two different directions?  Do you have a narrow alley to walk through and a gang of thugs just took notice of you and they’re in motion?  Are you in the back corner of a dimly-lit diner, and in came the Hell’s Angels and they’re staring at you?
  5. Know what your escape routes are. In #4 above, do you have alternate routes to take?  Do the Hell’s Angels know about that small fire exit door beyond the restrooms?  Have a backup route to employ…in all things you do…whether walking, driving, or just sitting having a cup of coffee.
  6. Have a plan in place. If you’re attacked, how will you defend yourself?  Having a plan in place and knowing how you’ll execute that plan…rehearsing it in your mind…this will keep you from being completely unprepared.
  7. Avoid a situation by not allowing it to happen. You can leave the area.  If your bargaining skills/people skills are good, you may be able to talk your way out of it and defuse it before it occurs

Take it seriously.  Take each thing seriously, and remember that even the most harmless looking scenario can turn into a full-blown problem at any moment.  Think outside of the box.  Remember: lawbreakers aren’t worried about breaking the laws…the ones you are upholding.  You’ll have to assess the situation as it arises, and you must also assess it as it changes.  Take care of business when it occurs, and take care of one another.  JJ out!

This information has been made available by Ready NutritionNever Drop Your Guard: 7 Tips To Improve Your Situational Awareness

About the author:

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

 

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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

While you are out shopping this season, and while some of these personal security tips may seem paranoid, the fact is that trouble lurks just beneath the surface where criminals are looking for victims. Situational Awareness will enable you to see it on occasion. It’s there.

Here is a list of personal security tips to consider while out shopping:

(Updated)

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: 21 Tips For Your Personal Security While Shopping

in-the-streets

By Ryan Banister – Ready Nutrition

Outbreak of Violent Riots

A number of riots have broken out in Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Austin and Manhattan following the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. One anti-Trump protester in Los Angeles is quoted in a CNN interview saying, “People have to die” and graffiti on a monument in New Orleans reads “DIE WHITES DIE” in response to Trump’s election. Rioters are breaking windows of businesses, looting stores, lighting trash cans on fire, shooting flares and brutalizing people who might support Trump or disagree with their violent leftist ideology.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning, a female driver in Oakland was hit by another car on the highway, and when she pulled over to the right shoulder, a group of anti-Trump rioters surrounded her car, broke the back window and she sustained multiple serious injuries. A shocking video which surfaced Thursday shows a man in Chicago being ripped from his car and brutally attacked by multiple anti-Trump agitators who are seen punching and kicking him in the head as one steals his car, dragging the man as he hangs onto the back left window. Many believe this is the handywork of financier George Soroswho has funded multiple uprisings in recent years. What we can all agree on is this is worse than a zombie apocalypse; this epidemic of hate and criminal behavior will only lead to more unrest if allowed to grow.

At times like these, it is more important than ever to ensure that you have the knowledge and ability to defend yourself and your loved ones from threats that may come at the most unexpected times, possibly when you are stuck in traffic and physically unable to get away from violent degenerates who may be at your window seeking to cause you harm.

Situational Awareness

Let’s start with your general state of awareness in your day-to-day life. It is an unfortunate truth that many place themselves in needlessly volatile situations by not paying close attention to risks that they could face in their immediate surroundings, be it during simple daily tasks, like operating a vehicle or working around heavy machinery, or the more imminent threat of violent agitators that are now filling the streets in major cities, many of whom seek to cause damage to your property and/or harm to you and your loved ones. Utilizing techniques of avoidance, risk reduction, de-escalation and general situational awareness is essential to your survival.

How to Use Cooper’s Color Codes

A scale of situational awareness called Cooper’s Color Codes, named after Colonel Jeff Cooper’s combat preparedness methods, is often used in firearms training for situational awareness. The four colors are used as a measure of the degree of situational awareness which an individual may reach at any given point in the day.

White — In condition white, your state of awareness is one that is relaxed and largely unaware of your surroundings. Generally, the only time a person should be in condition White is if he or she is asleep or somehow incapacitated.

Yellow — In condition yellow, you may be relaxed, but you have a heightened sense of awareness for who is around you and what noises and movements occur in your vicinity. You are not captivated by a cell phone screen; you are keeping track of who is behind or near you, especially when near a crowd. This awareness is in no way a paranoia; it is a general sense of awareness for threats to the safety of you and your loved ones.

Orange — In condition orange, you have identified something that is likely to cause harm, and you are focused in on a particular person or situation that poses a threat. This means that should an attack of any kind occur, you would be expecting this and ready for it at this stage.

Red — In condition red, you know that there is an immediate threat in your presence. However, this is not necessarily the point at which one who is armed would fire upon a target. Instead, this is the point where one who is armed may draw their firearm and make commands for an attacker to stop what they are doing. It is important to take steps to de-escalate at all cost, there is no reason to use deadly force if a situation can be solved without it.

Those who carry firearms, especially those who open-carry where concealed carry is criminalized, are obligated to have a heightened situational awareness at all times because any person who gets within arms reach could possibly attempt to take the firearm from them. On a number of occasions, concealed carry holders have stopped attempted robberies by merely maintaining a condition Yellow situational awareness and being prepared to draw their firearm in the moments they had as the gunman turned away from them. Many who seek to cause you harm are not expecting you to be prepared to fight back, and they will run when they see that you are prepared to defend yourself.

Weapons of Opportunity

While firearms are effective tools of self-defense, they are not always available, and sometimes they are not practical; for this reason, it is important to consider keeping weapons of opportunity on your person, in your vehicle and even in your workplace. A weapon of opportunity is an everyday object that could be used as a defensive weapon if needed. Having situational awareness only becomes truly effective when you have the tools of defense at your disposal. Various weapons of opportunity are likely sitting all around your home and workplace; these are the heavy or sharp objects that can be grabbed at a moments notice, like a pen, key, belt or even a coffee mug. Various weapons of opportunity for your vehicle could be a crescent wrench, tire iron, lug wrench or crow bar. Make sure to check your local laws as there have been individuals who have been prosecuted for carrying opportune weapons like a baseball bat, but they had no substantiating evidence, like a baseball glove or ball, to show that they meant to use the item for its intended use.

Why Gun Control Kills

In some states, like California and New York, there have been such extreme gun control measures that  non-violent people have been prohibited from carrying firearms for self-defense. This means that non-criminals are treated the same as convicted felons in these states; this only endangers lives and forces well-to-do people into vulnerable positions in which they become defenseless targets of murderers and thieves, and as we see today, individuals are being taken out of their cars and brutalized by anti-Trump rioters, like in Chicago, on of the most anti-gun cities in the country. Laws have not stopped the illegal acquisition of firearms, but they have caused many peaceful people to be victimized by criminals, and it’s time that this bureaucratic overreach is reversed.

Reestablishing the foundations of self-defense and self-sufficiency in our society will require that we maintain awareness of threats to life and liberty and that we keep the tools of defense close by our side, ready to be used when the worst happens.

complacency

By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

While complacency may put you in a comfortable place, or provide a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, the self or smug satisfaction with your complacent situation will blind you from potential danger and risks.

When you assume that you’ve got everything under control, sooner or later something sure as heck will bite you in the ass. That’s how it works…

For many, you won’t even realize that you’ve become complacent. It’s a slow process that over time will sneak into your life, your mindset, and will even cloud your situational awareness.
Here’s more on ‘how and why’ to avoid complacency:

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Avoid Complacency In Your Life

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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

Situational (or situation) awareness is a simple concept, but in practice it is far from it… While you may think that you know what’s going on around you, the fact is that your brain will best process the things that your are focused on, while at the same time consciously missing LOTS of other things that are within your visual…

To drill (practice) your situational awareness will sharpen your sensory perception, your powers of observation, and hopefully enable you to pick up more anomalies in the environment.

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: 3 Drills To Practice Situational Awareness While In Your Car

Have An Eyes Wide Open Approach to Prepping | Backdoor Survival

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

The Backdoor Survival mailbag runneth over.  Some days there are hundreds of emails and although I don’t have the time to personally respond to each, I do take up to an hour a day to read every single one.  And that includes those giveaway questions.

This week I share some items from the mail bag.  But first, let me share my thoughts of the moment.

When I was chatting with Daisy Luther yesterday, she mentioned “I never expected the SHTF event to be a Muslim Jihad”.  Indeed.  Keep your eyes wide open, everyone.  Be wary of your surroundings and stay safe this holiday season.

As I like to say: Always have an eyes wide open approach to prepping and expect the unexpected when a disaster or disruptive event occurs.

Continue reading at Backdoor Survival: Survival Buzz #199: Have An Eyes Wide Open Approach to Prepping

About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.

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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

In the aftermath of the San Bernardino massacre we noted that the available information at the time suggested that there were more people involved than just Farook and Malik. Though the FBI along with their mainstream mouthpiece were careful not to implicate Islamic terrorists and instead chose to refer to the incident as an act of “workplace violence,” The Daily Sheeple reported within hours that police scanners identified one of the suspects as a male of middle eastern descent.

As more information became available it became clear that the attack was inspired by the Islamic State, that more people were likely involved and that the intent here was premeditated Jihad. We made a similar assessment following the Parisian attacks, noting that unbridled immigration into the European Union meant that scores of terrorists were likely hiding among the migrants. That assessment has now been confirmed, as within the last 24 hours authorities in Switzerland arrested two Syrian passport holders for the transportation of explosives and toxic gases. Moreover, their counterparts in France last week seized “a lot” of war-grade weapons during raids on mosques and residences.

And while many Americans may think that San Bernardino was an isolated incident for which widespread firearms bans are the solution, the fact is that terror cells are actively operating on U.S. soil.

The latest incident that highlights just how serious the terror threat may be comes from Missouri, where witnesses report that a number of foreign speaking males have purchased as many as 100 disposable cell phones from at least three separate Walmart locations, but possibly as many as six. And if that’s not enough, also in Missouri, police report that scores of propane tanks have been stolen from various locations.

Missouri police are investigating after at least 100 cellphones were purchased at three Walmarts during the past week

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“It’s not right, it doesn’t make any sense,” a witness, who did not want to be identified, told ABC 17 about a sale in Columbia. “Who’s going to order 50 phones for Christmas? Who does that?”

The first reported purchase happened Friday night, when several men bought dozens of phones around 9:30 p.m. at a Columbia Walmart, ABC 17 reported. The men paid in cash, according to a witness.

Then, just before 4 a.m. on Saturday, two men bought about 60 phones in Lebanon, according to KSPR. Police were called and interviewed the men, but did not detain them.

“These people were, they were foreign-speaking,” said Laclede County Sheriff Wayne Merritt, who encouraged citizens to call the cops if they observed odd activity. “You need to take notice. You need to let us know about it, because it doesn’t hurt to check on it. You’re not being racist or anything like that. You’re just protecting yourself.”

Via Fox News

Utilizing disposable cell phones is a tried and true method for drug dealers to keep police of their scent, but even they know to make their cell phone purchases in small quantities. Further, the cell phones purchased in Missouri were reportedly purchased by foreign speaking men.  This suggests that someone may be looking to keep their communications hidden from intelligence agencies.

Couple that with reports of propane tanks being stolen in Missouri and it’s quite possible that someone is planning an attack, perhaps even utilizing their newly acquired cell phones to detonate improvised explosives devices remotely:

A large number of propane tanks have been stolen from several locations near Kansas City.

WDAF-TV reports that a BP gas station in Lee’s Summit had 18-20 tanks stolen from outside cages last month. A CVS reported the same crime on the same night. Two weeks later another CVS in Independence was hit and 28 tanks were stolen from that location.

The FBI says it is up to law enforcement to connect the dots.

There are, of course, any number of reasons for why someone might want to steal a bunch of propane tanks and killing innocent civilians is one of them. Considered with the cell phone purchases in mind, connecting the dots may not be that difficult of a challenge. Even on their own the bulk cell phone purchases themselves are highly suspicious, especially if the people who purchased them didn’t speak English.

Regardless of the above, one thing is for certain: there are terrorist cells operating in America right here and now.

The connections that the San Bernardino terrorists had with others who knew of their activities confirm this. Second, we know for a fact that individuals with ties to terrorist have crossed into the United States via our porous Southern border. This has been confirmed by law enforcement personnel and most recently by the capture of at least eight Syrian refugees in Texas.

Right now somewhere in America those who mean to do us harm are actively planning, collaborating and preparing for Jihad operations. Those operations are designed to kill as many people as they can including you, your family members and friends.

The time for platitudes and half-measures is over. It’s time for Americans to prepare for worst case scenarios – including but not limited to eliminating a terror threat in real time should it happen to you.

As controversial Presidential candidate Donald Trump has warned, “we are at war.” That is the mindset we must have should we ever come face-to-face with a Jihadist.

They are prepared for war.

Are you?

[Image Credit: Captured by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Chris Heathscott, the above image shows an improvised cell phone trigger device seized during a raid in Taji, Iraq in 2004. Via Blackfive)

This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Report: Terror Cells In America: 100 Disposable Cell Phones Purchased In Missouri: “These People Were Foreign Speaking”

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