Situational awareness is the key to staying safe both in the outdoors and in population centers. It is the combined ability to pay attention to details, process information you gain, use that information to identify threats, and create plans to handle the threats or avoid them. This is the same mental multi-tasking that military and law enforcement professionals use when on duty. They are constantly paying attention to everything, especially individuals and things that look like trouble. While the training that brought these professionals to their alert status is not available to the public, we can all take steps to develop a more alert mental state. Enhance your own natural powers of observation with these three simple acts.