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Situational Awareness

Written by  Thomas Magee

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” Organizations, government, and private sector try to control this chaos through plans and training. No matter what you plan for, you aren’t ready for it when it occurs. The unexpected seems always to raise its ugly head at the worst time. Situational awareness is a tool that helps you deal with those unexpected incidents.Situational awareness as defined by FEMA is “the ability to identify, process, and comprehend critical information about an incident.” The Coast Guard defines situational awareness as the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mission. A more simple way of looking at things is to know what is going on around you. Situational awareness