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MENOMONEE FALLS - Malissa Misch wants to help the community raise its awareness in dangerous situations by offering free safety awareness training sessions for the community from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

"This will open people’s eyes and it will cause them to re-evaluate how they are in their own daily routine," Misch said. 

The session, ran by Misch's company MK Protection Strategies, is being offered in response to recent crimes in the community, including a child enticement situation in Rotary Park on Sunday, March 19, when a man attempted to get three girls into his car.

"People will learn ways to increase awareness and minimize being targeted, and how to practice recognizing and handling dangerous situations," Misch said. "We will have safety conversation starters for young children and teens. Finally, we'll have verbal deescalation strategies, and we’re going to share how being too polite can be dangerous."

The hour-long session will be held in the Menomonee Falls Public Library, W156 N8436 Pilgrim Road; no registration is required and a maximum of 100 residents can attend.

Misch will be teaching Cooper's Color Code of Mental Awareness; a concept of four mental awareness levels.

"White means you could be sleeping, or home on your couch; you’re essentially unaware of what’s going on outside of the bubble in your house, if you will," Misch said. "Yellow means you’re in an unfamiliar place with strangers; you increase your awareness more. You’re aware if someone comes into your space; you have your guard up. Orange means something doesn’t feel right; you have that intuition that’s telling you, you better come up with an action plan. Red means you’re in the midst of a fight. For people who always live in white, they never have the luxury of yellow or orange. Those attacks sometimes end in death because they go from white to red."

Misch hopes residents will come out of the session feeling more empowered than ever before.

"It will confirm for them that maybe they are living in a dangerous level of awareness," Misch said.

For those who can't attend on April 19, Misch will also hold a Refuse to be a Victim session in Germantown in late April. For more information on MK Protection Strategies, visit mkprotectionstrategies.com.

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