There are 3 base types of physical “exit strategizing”; exiting a bordered area such as a country, exiting a situational confrontation such as with a person(s) and exiting a confined structure such as a building.
This is in regards to the latter.
When you enter any unfamiliar confined space, your mind automatically registers the entrance as the first if not only point of exit. That is exit strategizing.
In most cases that’s enough. But circumstances like time, safety and efficiency may demand more. This means remembering certain landmarks or points of interests within the structure to navigate you to the exit(s). This is active exit strategizing.
AEPES takes it further by adding linear mapping along with those points of interests. First, the mindset is that while in the structure, there is only “entry” and “exit”. Meaning that you are always in entry mode up to the moment you decide to exit. This creates a chronological mental map of the structure for a more accessible and effective exit strategy.
The key to this strategy is not just placing importance on points of interest but mentally mapping the actual linear route of your passage. The enactment of the exit may not always be reverse-linear, but this strategy opens up branches of routes for the initial exit and alternate exits in the process.
In training, I was told to think of myself tethered to a rope when entering a structure and being pulled back the way I came when an exit is necessary.
I much prefer the method of loci method of building “memory palaces” of the actual place I’m in.
[Photography was taken at Hamad Airport, Qota.]