When we’re serious about carrying a firearm for our self-defense, we train with it. We know how to shoot safely, accurately and quickly.
It could be argued that there is another tool that is even more important for our self-defense – situational awareness. We’ve outlined the color codes of awareness in other posts and feel that they’re worth touching on again.
Condition White: you are completely unaware of what’s going on around you. Maybe your texting or running with headphones in and aren’t paying attention to anyone else in your area.
Condition Yellow: you are aware of your surroundings and what is happening in your immediate vicinity. You may make brief eye contact with those around you, you’ve got an eye out for potential threats, and you’re doing what you can to avoid bad situations.
Condition Orange: you have a heightened awareness that something that may be wrong or dangerous to yourself or others. You’re taking active steps to avoid the situation (turning around, increasing distance, issuing verbal commands), and you’re mentally preparing yourself for a confrontation or rapid escape.
Condition Red: it’s time to take action – escape, take cover or engage the threat. Use of force is not a required outcome, getting out of the bad situation safely may be the most logical and prudent course of action.
Being aware of what others are doing and their demeanor can make a huge difference in your options for self-defense. If you notice when others are acting erratically or are getting worked up, you have a better chance to avoid a situation that might become violent and the best chance of getting home safely.