There are five levels of situational awareness. Find out what you need to know about your awareness levels and how being more observant can help protect you from pending danger.
WHITE: UNAWARE – POTENTIAL VICTIM
This is the level of awareness and refers to a state in which you are switched off and unaware of what is going on around you. In this state, you are not ready for anything and are at increased risk.
Reasons for this low state of awareness may include sleep deprivation, fatigue, stress or impairment due to drugs and/or alcohol consumption.
YELLOW: SITUATIONALLY AWARE
You are alert and aware but in a calm and relaxed state of being. You are alert to your surroundings and aware of other people in your space and their body language. You are aware but not paranoid.
In this state, it is difficult for somebody to surprise you.
ORANGE: RECOGNISE A SPECIFIC POTENTIAL THREAT
This is a heightened level of awareness. Typically, you sense that something is not right.
This is the time to evaluate and formulate a plan.
Evasion and diffusion work best at this level.
RED: READY TO FIGHT
The fight is on!
You are taking decisive and immediate action.
Recognising attack rituals and set-ups helps to avoid this type of situation.
BLACK: IN THE FIGHT
This is the worst-case scenario! You are engaged in a physical encounter.
Your best option here is to have prepared for this well in advance.
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