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Does a Safe Environment Exist Anymore, Anywhere—Think You’re Safe, Think Again - by Tony M Jackson

Living free of danger is a primary response to avoiding potential disastrous circumstances. Whether the caretaker or caregiver, the basic need to feel safe manifest the desire of establishing comfort zones. In fact, this desire could carry unprecedented burdens of fear, anxiety, and a need to be considerate of actions attributed to dangerous surroundings. There was a time when the home was considered the safest environment, but society ills have even taken away the most serene and precious safe point of security for many people.

 

Home invasions on the rise, carjacking increasing, homicides, injuries, car accidents, shootings in schools, at work, and even in churches are commonplace. A host of other criminal acts such as identity theft, white and blue-collar crimes committed against humanity, and over active self-indulgence leading to a number of crimes has created an environment where safety and security is constantly a challenge. Have you noticed the severe nature of weather lately? Are you confident that you are safe?

 

Add to this the events of 911, war, international threats of terrorism, and a ballooning national debt. Further, economic instability, decrease of natural resources, jobs being eliminated, and freedoms that are considered indelible rights of a democratic society are reducing the hope of fulfilling the American Dream. All of these current occurrences challenge safety and security on many fronts. Let’s face it, we are not in Kansas anymore, in fact, Kansas has left the building. Are you sure that you are safe?

 

Simply watching the news or hearing of horrifying incidences where life, property, or love ones are faced with the potential of negative circumstances or events could leave an impression that call ones on safety into question. Do people of all walks of life really feel safe, protected, and secure in dangerous environments or societies, and if not—why not? More importantly, on this great chessboard of life, what is being done to create a safer environment for all people, cultures, and protection of civil liberties—providing a small piece of mind for the masses of humanity living in fear?

 

There is no doubt that human feelings are expressed in many emotions—some real, some manufactured, and well, others that are simply fears created in the mind, or not real at all. One of the greatest fears that influence all life is the fear of death or dying. Not necessarily physical death in every instance, but death of relationships, death of financial stability, death of upward mobility or progression towards a goal or dream, even the death of a job or livelihood and of course, failure—to name a few. Any one of these occurrences could influence ones safety, security, life and yes, concern for your own mortality. So, why are you afraid—should you be afraid at all?   

 

While many people always have at the forefront of thought to any potential dangerous situation a caring nature, it is the man or woman in the mirror that is most afraid. When it comes to safety,  we generally use the terms “be safe or be careful,” do we really mean it or has it simply become a saying with no lasting value if not put into actual practice to eliminate fears, anxieties, and hope of a successful outcome? One of the major problems recognized as a threat to safety is the universal belief that one is inherently safe by default. It—you may define this “it,” will never happen to me or my family, right?

 

Danger and safety concerns persist within an environment or society that let their guard down and are more prone to an incident occurring when least expected. The full effect of any safety concern is never felt until it is closer to home or directly impact personal lives or those closest to you. Even then, most would remain in denial, simply considering “it” an isolated and unfortunate incident. Again, do you feel safe—can a potentially dangerous situation be controlled to influence a positive outcome? Here are six key considerations to assist with safety and security vulnerabilities:

 

1.     By no means for one second think or believe you are inherently safe from any potential incident or threat—in fact, it could happen to anyone, anywhere, and at anytime, immunity does not exist;

 

2.     Become intuitively conscious of your surroundings, and always have an action plan, not a reaction to potentially dangerous environments—win over fears by being proactive;

 

3.     Most incidences occur when least expected, always think from the worst case scenario and plan accordingly to produce the safest environment possible from potential threats;

 

4.     Be offensive minded, view all environments as dangerous until proven otherwise—stay alert to what is happening around you: think safety and security first;

 

5.     Vulnerability creates a cause-and-effect for intended or even unintended (innocent) victims—plug any holes or gaps that may present a challenge to facilitating a personal comfort zone; and

 

6.     If safety is a high concern, letting go through “acceptance of the potential dangers” will eliminate anxiety and fear--establishing a healthy positive attitude that leads to personal protection and coping with threats to safety.

 

With so many challenges to creating safer environments, personal vigilance is the single most important factor to safety for you, co-workers, friends, guests, and yes, loved ones. Letting go of fear and adopting safety habits that reduce the potential of an incident occurring will in fact provide peace of mind when faced with imminent danger. Feeling safe is only one approach to facilitating a secure environment. However, actually being safe through a series of checks, balances, planning, and due diligence on your part is far more tenable than simply becoming another statistic--begin today.



Globalnologies Corporation ( http://www.globalnologies.com ) is a private research and development technology company based in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Founded in 2000, seven years later, the company has grown to one of the most recognized “cross-functional incident management" companies in the world. Tony Jackson, is an expert on “loss prevention” strategies and tactical airport grounds safety deployments in the incident management industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology and Masters of Business Administration in Technology Management. Contact Tony directly at tonyj@globalnologies.com

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