(Last Updated On: August 22, 2016)
National Situational Awareness Day - September 26
National Situational Awareness Day – September 26


The National Situational Awareness Day is observed annually on September 26th. Situational awareness is the foundation of one’s personal safety since it focuses on being aware and paying attention to your environment. Situational awareness is really just another word for mindfulness and developing it will make you more present in daily activities, which in turn helps you make better decisions in all aspects of life.

This day highlights the importance of using situational awareness skills in everyday life to stay out of harm’s way. Harm may come in the form of walking in front of a moving car or that of an assailant, both of which can happen from any myriad of distractions which cause one not to be aware of the surroundings and situation.

In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before may keep someone safe by giving them time to act instead of react. The lack of or inadequate situational awareness has been identified as one of the primary factors in accidents attributed to human error.  Although this skill is lacking in many of modern society, our ancestors used it to great utility to survive. It has been extensively taught for decades to law enforcement and the military, but it is not exclusive to them. Most experts agree that it is the number one skill to learn for the safety of everyone.

The concept of situational awareness was identified during World War I by Oswald Boelke who realized ‘the importance of gaining an awareness of the enemy before the enemy gained a similar awareness, and devised methods for accomplishing this.’


Discuss its importance with those around you. Be human again and pay attention to the people and events happening around you more than you pay attention to modern day distractions.
Use #NationalSituationalAwarenessDay on social media.


Pretty Loaded, LLC submitted this day in November of 2015. Pretty Loaded is an innovative situational awareness and self-defense enterprise that has inspired the personal safety of millions around the world. September 26th was chosen as the day because it is the birthday of Dru Sjodin, one of the inspirations to start Pretty Loaded.The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day in 2015.

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