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Teaching Kids About Situational Awareness

A person can learn a lot about people and the world outside their home from simply observing their surroundings. Observation can help you in deriving informative conclusions concerning your personal safety as well as occupational hazards. This article will help us understand why everyone should be situationally aware and why education on this should begin early on in a person’s life.

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What Is Situational Awareness

Situational awareness (SA) is technically defined as “the perception of the elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning and the projection of their status in the near future.” Simply put, it is knowing what is happening around you. SA can be cultivated by being attentive and using your intuitive skills. You grow to observe what is going on around you, know what is normal, identify a deviation when it occurs, and respond to that deviation accordingly.

SA has been identified as a key process that helps in making successful decisions across a broad spectrum of scenarios involving protection of human life. It has been pivotal in sectors such as aviation, navigation, health care, defense, emergency care and many others. SA training helps prevent judgement errors from taking place thereby improving efficiency while handling high-risk situations.

For instance, historically SA was used by the military to develop tactics for finding location of the enemy, calculate their approach, and plan next steps. In the 1980s, commercial airlines used SA in developing integrated navigation displays that more efficiently showed flight parameters and reduced pilot workload. By understanding the present, SA helped in predicting the future and gave people the power to radically impact the outcome of a situation.

Why Learning About Situational Awareness Is Important

Learning situational awareness helps you both professionally and personally. Business leaders use SA to study past actions and events, analyze what is happening currently, and steer their business towards a more positive future. Armed with SA knowledge, leaders can create effective business strategy that gives clarity to their operational goals. This way, threats are addressed early on and losses minimized in an efficient manner.

Teaching children about SA helps them in comprehending and assessing complications of the world they live in from an early age. It makes them responsible about their own safety as well as that of their family members and friends. It also acquaints them with generic rules of the community.

Situational awareness enables children to be independent and assertive while they become familiar with their environment. It also helps them to be confident when faced with challenging circumstances. Ultimately, SA sharpens a child’s perceptive intelligence thereby assisting them in solving cognitive tasks at school or at home.

How Can You Be More Situationally Aware

Situational awareness is more of a mindset than a skill, and thus can be learnt by anyone. The first step in developing this mindset is to recognize the fact that threats exist everywhere. By refusing to acknowledge the existence of threats, a person’s ability to fight uncomfortable situations diminishes greatly. Overcoming one’s ignorance paves the way for the second step in becoming situationally aware.

You should learn to take accountability for your actions and personal security. Resources are finite, and a substitute for a lack of enough safety personnel in your neighborhood could be you. By using SA, you can help an elderly neighbor to safely cross the road or provide shelter to a homeless animal before a thunderstorm.

You should also learn to use your intuition to prevent accidents from happening. Our subconscious mind often notices alarming signs that the conscious mind does not always recognize. Using your gut while walking down unfamiliar lanes or dark alleys can help you avoid potentially dangerous encounters.

Lastly, be intentional while using SA. Practicing situational awareness requires you to put in effort and pay attention to your surroundings when it is hard not to get distracted. Observe people, places, and activities around you and try to remain focused on your present.

Ways You Can Teach Situational Awareness to Children

Children are believed to be more intuitive and observant than adults. Training them to be perceptive from a young age will help them deal with problems when you are not around. Below is a five-step strategy that you could use to make your child more situationally aware:

1. Recognize the Baseline

Firstly, you need to acquaint your child with a baseline, which are situations, objects, and behaviors that are considered normal. Identifying the normal will help them see when something is not normal.

For instance, take your child to her favorite restaurant. Ask her to name the street where the restaurant is located and what is located opposite to that restaurant. When you are seated at the table, ask her what the difference is between a waiter and a customer. Discuss with her how people should normally behave when they are in a public place such as a restaurant.

Communicating about these things helps to instill in your child what she would consider normal at a restaurant. Make sure you constantly discuss the baseline with her at other environments like a lake, a concert, a park, pharmacy, and so forth. This way you can update her understanding of the baseline and help her identify deviations from the baseline.

2. Be Aware of Biases

When you are in comfortable surroundings, you may often overlook signs that need your attention. An example of this could be when you are arriving at a traffic signal and see the green light turning to yellow. When you reach the intersection and the light has been yellow for a few seconds, you will want to slow down and proceed with caution instead of driving quickly through it. Instead, many people pick up their speed and keep driving with the hope of avoiding being stopped by the red light.

It is important to be mindful of biases like the above since you could get a ticket for violating a traffic stop if you happen to drive through a red light. Teach your child to be watchful and alert whenever he steps outside the house. Show him how to trust his instincts and fight bias when it comes to personal safety.

3. Identify Any Inconsistency

Once you have worked on establishing baselines, your child will be able to identify abnormalities when they happen. These could in the form of an unexpected person or an event or behavior. As an example, give your child walnuts without the shell for five consecutive days. On day 6, give her a walnut with the shell and see what she does with it. You can also do several exercises outdoors where you can teach your child to spot similarities and differences between objects.

When your child does these activities successfully, she will be able to identify larger and more serious abnormalities when they take place. For instance, take your child to a zoo, and ask her to alert you whenever she hears a strange noise or a strong odor. Explain where these noises or smells are coming from. By expanding her knowledge, you are helping your child in safely navigating inconsistencies she does not see each day.

4. Avoid Being An Anomaly

Sometimes you find yourself in situations where you draw attention to yourself and affect the baseline. Teach your child to be aware when she is changing the baseline herself. If she drifts off from you at a clothing store and is wandering around by herself, she could be drawing attention of adults as a potential lost child. If people approach her and ask her about it, she could go back to the baseline by explaining herself.

5. Respond to the Inconsistency

Situational awareness teaches you to respond to a certain scenario and being able to respond in a matured fashion creates an impact on the people around you.  Show your son specific instances of how you would react in unexpected situations. For instance, what would you do if you lost your car keys? Or if you burn your hand while cooking?

Test how your child responds to anomalies by using a variety of exercises. Familiarize her with the neighborhood streets leading up to where she lives. Instead of taking the same route to get her home, take a different road one day and ask her what route will take her home. Try doing similar activities with her regularly so that you can enhance her confidence and problem-solving skill.

Situational Awareness Questions to Ask Your Child

To improve your child’s SA level, here is a game that you can play with her. Ask her questions about objects, people, and places she comes across each day and give her a situational awareness score based on her answers. Below is a list of possible questions you could ask:

Object Questions-

1. What was the name of the park we went to?

2. How many flags were at the entrance?

3. What flavor of ice-cream did we both eat?

4. Why is meat in the frozen aisle while chips are not?

5. What is the color of the shirt we bought for you?

6. What type of car was parked next to us in the parking lot?

People Questions-

1. Who was the cashier at the grocery store?

2. How many customers were there at the diner aside from us?

3. Was the waiter friendly?

4. Who did we see at the movie theatre last night?

5. Who was the scientist you spoke to?

6. What was the tall man carrying in his right hand?

Place Questions-

1. How far is our home from the grocery store?

2. What street is your school located at?

3. Where did we go to holiday last weekend?

4. What is the name of the pharmacy we visit?

5. Is the hospital near our home?

6. Where would you seek shelter if there was a tornado warning?

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How and What to Save During a Food Crisis

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Disasters, natural or human-made, have a history of leaving behind numerous problems that people find hard to cope with. One of those problems commonly is a food crisis.

There is a perpetual shortage of food to at least one strata of society, no matter what is going on in the world at that particular moment. Looking at the recent upheavals in food production, the shortage of labor, and farms that are failing and going through famines and problems of their own, the idea of food shortage or crisis starts to loom in your mind. 

So, the next question is, how would you know how and what to save while giving priority to the quality and quantity of food that you want to stock up? What you can do is make an inventory of what you already have in your house, then make a food storage plan that includes short and long-term food requirements.

Water Needs

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One valuable resource you need to keep in mind is water. Note how much water you currently have and make space for more. Pre-packaged water bottles, empty containers, and even water filters can help in emergencies or critical situations. 

Water filters are needed because, often, the water may be untreated and contain all kinds of germs and bacteria, which can be super harmful to your health. Running the water through a water filter and then filling the water containers is the best way to eliminate harmful content.

Grow Your Food

Try growing a small garden in your yard space. If not, get some gardening pots and grow a garden inside your apartment. In there, you can plant essential fruits and vegetables that’ll save you in the long run. 

Doing this reduces your dependability on grocery stores or supermarkets and gives you an adequate supply of organic and homegrown fruits and vegetables for pennies. Also, you get the chance to pluck the produce yourself and try your hand at preserving them. 

Food Storage 

It would be best if you gave priority to stock up your food storage from day one. For that, you should decide among your family members their preferences for meals and food. After that, make a list of what you need to buy.

The best type of food to have on your list is canned food since it has a much longer shelf life than fresh food and is available in quantity at a moment’s notice. Be sure to buy nutritious items high in calories and carbs; prioritize nutrition over your tastebuds.

You should fill your pantry with baking items such as flour, wheat, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking sugar, spices, etc. 

Next on the priority list are food items such as cereals, ready-to-eat mixes, canned meats, soups, beans, fruits, and vegetables. These are good to buy because canned items last much longer than everyday food items. 

You can also include sweet food like candy bars and granola bars because, while they can act as a dessert, they also have many carbs in them and can provide you with a lot of energy.

Preservation of Food

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Preservation of food is a skill you should not go without as it would pose the most beneficial skill during a food crisis. Well, that’s only if you possessed the skill before the crisis struck. By preserving your food, it goes without saying that you can prolong the life of many seasonal food items and enjoy them later. 

Go to supermarkets or stalls and buy large quantities of meats, fruits, vegetables, or anything you’d like with you during a food crisis. Go home, wash every food item you purchased, dry them carefully, cut them into small manageable pieces, pack them in zip lock bags or freezer-safe bags, and put them in the freezer. Learn how to freeze, dehydrate, and can food. It is effortless and can genuinely come in handy, food crisis or not.

Learn to Cook With Leftover Ingredients

There will often be leftover food at the end of the day that you cannot eat, even if you are on the verge of a food crisis. However, there is a wealth of possibilities in leftover food, from using it as the next day’s breakfast or lunch to serving it as a base for your next meal; for example, you can use the leftover vegetables and gravy to make a pasta dish the following day. It is easy and requires only a smidge of your creativity!

Store Leftover Food

As stated above, leftover food is essential, and if you do not want to eat it the next day, you can always store it. Freezing is an excellent way of minimizing unnecessary waste. 

Miscellaneous Items 

While food will remain the top priority in a food crisis, you should also focus on other emergency items that you may need. Things such as first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, waterproof matches, tape, blankets, a source of heating, and there are many more as you can imagine.

These items are as important as food because they will help you survive; it is always better to be prepared well in advance rather than run around in panic scrambling for items. 

Surviving a food crisis should not be that difficult, provided that you have planned or acted quickly ahead of struggle. Start small, buy one or two extra cans every week when out grocery shopping, and soon enough, you will have a growing amount of resources that will help tide you over the food crisis.

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7 Ways to Survive an EMP Attack

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An electromagnetic pulse, or “EMP” for short, is a sudden burst of energy that overloads the fragile components within an electrical system, causing them all to short out. It causes actual hardware damage resulting in the failure of any unprotected electrical devices. Typically EMPs are generated by technically advanced devices such as nuclear weapons. 

The least realistic but most dangerous scenario that can take place is that someone detonates many EMPs over a nation, or crazier, the whole world and renders all the technology and electric grids everywhere useless. If this happens, you should know how to prepare for it to ensure your survival during this unprecedented attack.

Lighting 

Candles are the obvious choice in any scenario like this. We have them handy; they are cheap and readily available everywhere in quantity. The only few negative things one might mention are the strength of light the candles can provide, how unstable they can be depending on which type of candle you use, or how the wind can blow them out anytime. 

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If candles just don’t cut it for you, let me introduce you to an alternative. Oil lamps; works under any condition. No weather or atmosphere is strong enough to keep an oil lamp down.

Faraday Cage

A Faraday cage, named after its inventor, Michael Faraday, is a device or structure made and used to protect the cage’s contents from electrical impulses. It’s an excellent option for security, and easy to make. Nevertheless, an old microwave or a metal cage, i.e., a safe, can be as good.

The Faraday cage may do well against an EMP attack, but we can’t be too sure. We cannot foresee the impact of the electromagnetic pulse or the level of damage it might cause, so it is pretty much impossible to predict if the cage would protect the devices or not.

Communication Devices

Communications would be an arduous task after almost everything is rendered useless because of the EMP attack. It is always good to have many backup options to communicate with those important to you if a situation like this ever strikes. Devices such as a two-way radio, CB radio, or long-range walkie-talkie can be handy. If you find any of these devices in good shape after an EMP attack, put in some batteries and see if it works as there’s a high likelihood it will.

Communication is one of the more essential tasks after any disaster, and it is the very thing that you’d probably overlook. 

Backup Electricity

The primary issue after the attack is the question of electricity and how to source it if the grid becomes empty. Well, one option is to make electricity from solar panels by installing the panels around your home. Another is to set up wind turbine generators and produce electricity. 

Luckily, there are many backup electricity options, but they require preparation and hard work.

Defense

Any type of gun, be it shotgun or rifle, is useful for defending yourself. You can use these weapons to protect yourself and hunt animals, and depending on your preferences, for game. Another resourceful thing to do if you want alarm systems around your house would be to hang bells on the inside of your doors. Even if they seem like nothing, they are very consistent and can make you aware of intruders if they try to sneak in. Try to do this for every entry point in your house so you and your family can rest assured of your safety.

Sourcing Food

Sourcing food will be another significant problem if the restoration of power takes months or even years. Therefore you should know how to grow your food and manage your livestock. Books on farming and breeding livestock will help enormously with this, and there are countless out there.

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Be Ready, So You Don’t Have To Get Ready

Many preppers already know how to live off the grid because they have started living that life to be ready if and when the time comes. All of this will eventually prepare you to survive an EMP attack if you go off the grid entirely and learn not to rely on anything that works with electricity.

Keeping a stock of first aid kits and bare medical essentials is also a requirement if anyone needs medical attention. The EMP attack is often called the ultimate doomsday attack that will eventually happen.

You can always do things on an individual level to help protect you and your loved ones better. The practices and ways that we discussed above are known by much of the preppers community, so if you’re new to being a prepper, now you know how to survive an EMP stack.

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