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Review: TEK•S Safety Training

Saturday, November 13, 2010

As a mom, I believe my #1 priority is the health and safety of my child. I sometimes feel vulnerable when I am out running errands with her by myself. I have often wondered what I would do if I found myself in a dangerous situation like a car-jacking. Would I fight or take flight? I recently learned through the TEK•S online safety training course that the answer depends on the scenario. I also learned that I don't have to feel anxious when I go outside of my home if I am equipped to uses all my senses and resources to be safe.Safety Training CourseTEK•S was developed by military and law enforcement personnel using best practices from their respective fields to provide the public with the tools to be safe. The founding philosophy of the program the concept of situational awareness. TEK•S defines situational awareness as:
"Situational awareness describes a person’s ability to quickly evaluate his or her surroundings and assess the personal risk potential within / around their environment. The online TEK•S Safety Training Course teaches participants why it is critical to understand and practice situational awareness to be safe and confident, and to stay out of trouble before it even starts!"
Some of the safety skills I gained from the TEK•S course include how to avoid an attack by being aware, projecting myself as a hard target, and listening to my instincts. I also learned how to deal with an attacker...did you know that you should yell "fire!" instead of "help!"?

Less than three days after completing the course, I found myself being followed at the grocery store by a strange man. He made his move in the frozen food section. He casually walked up and asked my name. I instinctively put myself between him and my daughter who was in the shopping cart. As I pushed and walked away I said firmly, "none of your business, I don't want to talk to you." He threw down the sack of potatoes he was carrying! All kinds of alarms went off in my head, but I refused to let him know I was scared. Instead, I huffed and then high-tailed it to the front of the store where I reported his actions to the nearest cashier. She called a store manager and he went looking for him. Meanwhile, me and my daughter got escorted to our car. Even though I was shaking a bit, I felt so empowered!

I recommend the
TEK•S program for everyone, especially moms because despite our best intentions we are often open targets for criminals when we are out in public. Take for example how exposed you are when strapping your child in her car seat in the covered garage at the mall. TEK•S can teach you some very practical and effective safety strategies.

The course is 90 minutes long and costs $22.oo, well worth the investment of time and money to gain a better sense of safety.

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