Be Your Own S.A.F.E Responder


I was thinking about how we think about a “first responder, why we need them , more importantly how can we be a first responder to ourselves.

Self Surveillance

  • The first step in this process would be conducting our own self surveillance in order to understand what we do or don’t do to keep ourselves safe.
    • How do we walk? A simple question may be do we walk hands free? Are we present in mind and body? If you are rehashing conversations in your head when you are  walking across the street or trying to figure out how you are going to find time to binge watch the last season of “The Walking Dead,” you may as well be dead as you are not present in mind only in body. We must remember where the mind goes, the body follows and vice versa.
    • If you are not paying attention you will trip, fall or worse fall victim to a potential assault which may have been prevented. Also don’t put your head down, no head towards the ground or looking at your new best friend a.k.a your cell phone.
  • Practice Patience
    • If you receive a text alert while you are walking, be kind to yourself and wait to read it especially if you are in motion.
    • Patience in our society is a lost art. Before we can expect patience in others we must practice it ourselves. PRACTICE!! How do we get good at things do it over and over again until it becomes second nature you do it automaticallly without even realizing it.
  • I call it basic kindergarten skills




  • So what happens when we become adults. Is the word patience even in the urban dictionary??


  • When I teach my S.A.F.E classes I often discuss how we need to follow the old Boy Scout motto. And I always employ my own “Stop & Frisk” practice before I go outside into the world, a simple TSA approved pat down will do. Do I have my identification?
    • License?
    • Keys?
    • Cell phone?
    • Whistle Key Chain (ALWAYS carry one): you never know when you may need assistance and a whistle will definitely grab some attention when you need it.

As a S.A.F.E. Student you will learn how to increase your spatial awareness which encompasses the whole environment, not just part of it. It’s like talking on the phone rather than texting. In order to evaluate your environment accurately you must see the whole picture which includes temperature, intonations and responses in real face time.

Environmental Surveillance

Today as a society we are often conditioned to have tunnel vision where we face forward, avoid eye contact at all costs, especially when we are in a new environment. It is important to recognize we must do so with caution. There are many times we need to connect with the people around us in order to maintain our safety, however first we must develop our own S.A.F.E. Skills. Learn more about your S.A.F.E Skills here.


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