Excellent article. Thanks for sharing it, Oldmarine. I agree with Tom that situational awareness is a great skill/mindset to develope. Avoiding problems shoud always be the first choice. I also think that, as preppers, we already have a higher degree of situational awareness than most people.
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You guys are right about the need for being aware of your surroundings at all times. This is much different than being paranoid. It has become second nature for me. Anytime we eat out I always sit so I can observe the front door and most of the room. Whenever we fly or stay in a hotel I always note where the exits and or escape routes are. I am always scanning when out in public and observe what is going on around me. I never become so engrossed in my cell phone or a book that I am unaware of my surroundings when out I am away from home. When I write this it sounds as if I am paranoid but no one who has traveled with us has ever noticed that this is what I do. My wife knows it because she has lived with me a long time and actually likes that this is the way I am. I have heard her tell the kids over the years that "your dad misses nothing". Probably as a warning to them to behave more than anything else. These types of precautions take very little time and will become habit quickly if you practice. If you have to go into a crowded event or area, determine if the hassle and risk are worth the rewards of going there. If so then keep your head out of your phone and texting and stay on top of what is going on around you. Know where the exits are and your relation to them at all times. Scan faces to see if anyone is paying too much interest in you. I said scan here, not to mad dog them. Most important listen to that little voice or feeling inside of you if it tells you something don't feel right. Dont ignore it! Unconciously your brain and body is tapping into something and is trying to warn you. If a deer feels this way, they don't just tell themselves they are being silly and keep on eating. They move away from the area. You need to do the same even if you cannot identify a threat. Something triggered the feeling so pay attention! Anyway that is my two cents worth on the subject.
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