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Off Duty Risk Management = On-Duty Readiness

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  • By Tech Sgt. John McKenzie
  • 90th Missile Wing Safety

Spring is here and the weather is changing, giving even more opportunities for the Airmen of the Mighty Ninety to get out and explore all of the beautiful scenery surrounding F.E Warren AFB. Many folks are eager to resume their favorite hobbies that they have missed during the colder months. Whether your favorite hobbies are hiking, climbing, fishing, boating or riding ATV’s, all pose inherent risk. So as we embark on another season of interesting weather and exciting adventures, we all need to take time to think about risk management and how it applies on and off-duty.

Risk Management is something that we all use in our daily activities, as well as the hobbies we pursue. Most of us are already so accustomed to making good risk management decisions that we use it without even noticing. Making the decision to stop at a red light or fastening your seat belt before driving your car are just a couple of examples. Because you’re aware of the consequences of not following the laws, most people make the decision to stay safe and follow the rules of the road.

Discovering new activities is something we all enjoy, but to continue to be able to enjoy these opportunities without getting injured is important. Here are some tips that you can use as a guide to make the most of your adventures safely. If you start to ask yourself these questions before going out and trying new activities, you will find that it’s actually is very helpful and doesn’t only apply to activities off-duty.

Gear – Do you know what PPE is?  Do you have enough food & water?  Do you have the right vehicle?

Plan – What is your timeline?  How is the weather?  Who is your emergency contact?

Skills – Are you properly trained?  Do you have enough experience to be safe?  Are you healthy and well rested?

So when you’re returning to the hobbies and activities you enjoy, remember to be aware of how risk management plays a role both on and off-duty.