OFF-DUTY SURVIVAL - Use Mental Role Playing to Prepare(Secure - Login Required)
One of the best ways to prepare to respond to both off and on-duty encounters is to role play potential scenarios in your head using "If/Then Thinking". More secifically, "IF this happens, THEN I will do this." If you are in a hotel room, spend a few moments considering what you will do if you hear gun fire down the hall in the middle of the night. If you're driving home, consider what you would do if you notice someone is tailing you. If you're in a store, consider what you will do if a gunman suddenly bursts in. The scenarios are endless and you should be cautious not to drive yourself to paranoia, but calm mental planning can yield a calm calculated response even in the worst of situations.