NATIONAL SITUATIONAL AWARENESS DAY | SEPTEMBER 26
On September 26th, National Situational Awareness Day brings attention to personal safety.
Situational awareness is the foundation of one’s personal safety. It focuses on being aware and paying attention to your environment. Situational awareness also means mindfulness, and developing it makes you more present in daily activities. In turn, it also 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 scenarios can be the result of distractions causing us to lose awareness of our surroundings.
In an instant, a dangerous situation can develop. Being aware of a threat even a split second sooner may save a life. Awareness gives them time to act instead of reacting. The lack of or inadequate situational awareness is considered one of the primary factors in accidents attributed to human error.
Although many parts of modern society lack situational awareness skills, our ancestors used them to great utility to survive. For decades, the military and law enforcement have taught it to their personnel. However, situational awareness training is not exclusive to their training regimens. Most experts agree that situational awareness is the number one skill for the safety of everyone.
In World War I, Oswald Boelke identified the concept of situational awareness. He realized ‘the importance of gaining an awareness of the enemy before the enemy gained a similar awareness and devised methods for accomplishing this.’
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL SITUATIONAL AWARENESS DAY
A great way to observe this important day is by discussing it with those around you. While you do, you’ll be improving the safety of those you love. Be human again. Pay attention to the people and events happening around you more than you pay attention to modern-day. Another way to observe the day includes:
- Taking a situational awareness course.
- Read about personal safety and situational awareness.
- Offer a situational awareness program in your workplace.
Use #NationalSituationalAwarenessDay on social media.
NATIONAL SITUATIONAL AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
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, https://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Home/DruSjodin, one of the inspirations behind Pretty Loaded.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day in 2015 to be observed on September 26th, annually.