New to "prepping"? Got your food storage, but are looking to expand into other areas? Wonder what all those terms mean? Take a look at the abreviated list below taken from the SurvivalBlog website. To see the list in its entirety, please follow this link. I have put together this list of the most common occuring terms on prepping/survivalist websites.
ALICE: All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment
Alpha Strategy: Storing extra logistics, as a hedge against inflation, and for use in barter and charity. This term was coined by economics writer John Pugsley. A PDF of Pugsley's book titled The Alpha Strategy is available for free download
APC: Armored Personnel Carrier. Also the brand name of a manufacturer of short-term backup power supplies.
Apgar: A scoring system used to evaluate the health of newborn babies, typically taken at one minute and five minutes after delivery
ARC: American Red Cross (Nicknamed "The Red Curse" by some SurvivalBlog readers)
ATL: Attempt to Locate. (Law enforcement term.) See also: BOLO
BIB: Bug-In Bag. A kit of essentials designed for "hunkering down", in place
Biochip: See RFID and NAIS.
BoB, BOB, or B-o-B: Bug-out Bag. Synonymous with G.O.O.D. Kit. See also: BIB, GOOD and INCH
BOL, B.O.L., or B.o.L.: Bug-out Location. Synonymous with retreat
BoV or BOV: Bug-out Vehicle. Synonymous with G.O.O.D. Vehicle. See also: POV
BTP: Boston T. Party the pen name of a libertarian writer.
Carrington Event: A naturally occurring EMP-like effect, caused by a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) of the Sun. (See also: CME and EMP.)
CM: Compressed Meals (The U.S. Army' new alternative to MREs, with a freeze dried entree. These are about 2/3s the size and weight of an MRE.
CME: Coronal Mass Ejection. (Solar flares.) See also: Carrington Event and EMP. C-Ration: Combat ration. The U.S. Army canned field rations that were replaced by MREs in the mid-1980s.
CYA: Cover Your Assets
DLP: Defense of Life and Property
Doomstead: Synonymous with survival retreat
EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse. Described at Wikipedia. See also: Faraday Cage and TREE
Faraday Cage: A shielding enclosure for electronics. See also: EMP and Carrington Event
Fiat Currency: Any paper currency that is issued at will, without convertibility to precious metals or other tangibles. (From the Latin "Let it be done.")
FIFO: First In, First Out—used for food storage rotation.
FOB: Forward Operating Base
Force Multiplier: A capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment. (US DOD definition.)
FWIW: For What Its Worth
Genny: Slang for generator
GMO: Genetically Modified Organism
G.O.O.D.: Get Out of Dodge--the author’s generic acronym for leaving the big city in a hurry WTSHTF. (Acronym coined by JWR). I also use the term “bug out” and the British soccer term “take the gap.” The term Get Out of Dodge kit is synonymous with Bug Out Bag. See also: BOB, INCH, and WTSHTF
Ham: (A slang term for an amateur radio operator. It is not an acronym and therefore should not have all the letters capitalized (HAM" , as is often seen in print.).
Hardened (electronics): See: EMP
Hard Money: Currency that is either redeemable in precious metals, or issued in the form of precious metals. HDPE: High Density Polyethylene is used in milk, juice and water containers in order to take advantage of its excellent protective barrier properties. Most five gallon "food grade" buckets are made from HDPE. HEMP: High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse. See also: EMP. IMHO: In My Humble Opinion IMO: In My Opinion INCH: I'm Never Coming Home (kit). An "INCH" kit is the gear that you would take in the event of a worst case, wherein you would only have one trip "Out of Dodge." See also BOB, GOOD, WTSHTF, and INCH. Isolated Retreat: A privately owned stronghold designed to be almost entirely self-sufficient and self-contained. Also, often called a Remote Retreat JBT: Jack Booted Thug JIC: Just In Case JIT: Just In Time (invenory control system). JMHO: Just My Humble Opinion "Junk" Silver: 1964 or earlier mint date circulated U.S. silver dimes, quarters, or half dollars with little or no numismatic value. These coin have a silver content of 90%. JWR: James Wesley, Rawles (The primary author/editor of SurvivalBlog. You can assume that all feature articles and any comments that are not under a byline posted at SurvivalBlog were wrirten by JWR.) KISS or K.I.S.S. : "Keep it Simple, Stupid!" LOS: Line of Sight. Many communications technologies require an unobstructed path between transmitter and receiver, as in microwave radio, satellite communications, and laser/infrared optical communications links. MAD: Mutually Assured Destruction Mall Ninja: Someone that values style over substance MOE: Measures of Effectiveness MOI: Mechanism of Injury MOLLE: Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment Molon Labe: Greek for "Come and Take [It]" --the rallying cry of the modern Second Amendment Movement. Also the title of a novel by Boston T. Party. MRE: Meal, Ready to Eat (U.S. Army field rations) NAIS: National Animal Identification System. This scheme will use RFID biochips NINJA: No Income, No Job or Assets Peaknik: An adherent of Peak Oil Theory. Pollyanna: Someone that is in denial that TEOTWAWKI could occur and remains cheerfully optimistic, even confronted with evidence to the contrary. Prep: Slang for prepare. Prepper: Slang for prepared individual. (A Survivalist.) Preps: Slang for preparations. Rawlesian: Those who subscribe to the survivalist philosophy of James Wesley, Rawles. Retreat: In the context of SurvivalBlog, a place of refuge that is prepared in advance. Usually in lightly-populated rural regions. Also sometimes called a Bug=Out Location. (See also: BOL.)
ROTFL: Rolling on the floor laughing.
ROTFLMAO: Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off.
Shelf Life: The useful life of of product in home storage. In the context of foods: The period of time that a processed food can be stored before changes in color, flavor, texture or the number of micro-organisms make it unacceptable. In the contexts of nonreversible consumer batteries: The period of time that a battery can be stored and still have at least 85% of its original charge.
SHTF: S*** Hits the Fan.
SOL: S*** Out of Luck, or, Simply Out of Luck
SOP or S.O.P.: Standard Operating Procedure(s)
TEOTWAWKI: The End of the World as we Know It (Acronym coined by Mike Medintz) (Spoken “Tee-ought-walk-ee”).
The Crunch.: See: WTSHTF
TSHTF: The S*** Hits the Fan.
Unhardened (electronics): See: EMP
WROL: Without Rule Of Law. (A lawless situation.)
WTSHTF: When the S*** Hits the Fan. also synonymously use the terms TEOTWAWKI, The Crunch, worst case, and the old military saying “when the balloon goes up
YOYO: You're On Your Own. (When government ceases to provide essential services such as fire department and police department protection, and when utilities no longer provide water, sanitation, electricity and phone service.)
Zombie: The name for the unprepared and often aggresive masses who will look to take what you have painstakely prepared.
ABC(1) = Atomic, Bacteriological, Chemical
ABC(2) = Airway, Breathing, Circulation BBBB =Breathing, Bleeding, Breaks, Burns Bug Out = Leaving the area BOB= Bug Out Bag
BOL= Bug Out Location BOR= Bug Out Route BOV(1) = Bug Out Vest BOV(2) = Bug Out Vehicle Cache= A remotely located storage
CASEVAC= Casualty Evacuation EDC= Every Day Carry
FAK= First Aid Kit GHB= Get Home Bag GOOD= Get Out Of Dodge INCH Bag = I’m Not Coming Home Bag
KFS= Knife, Fork, Spoon LED= Light Emitting Diode MRE= Meals Ready to Eat NBC= Nuclear, Bacteriological & Chemical
No Duff = This is not a drill
PMA= Positive Mental Attitude PSK= Personal Survival Kit
PSP = Personal Survival Plan PAW = Post Apocalyptic World PDW = Personal Defense Weapon PEK = Personal Escape Kit PPPPPP = Proper Planning & Preparation, Prevents Poor Performance PREP = Preparations POCSIE = Planning, Ordering, Controlling, Supporting, Informing, Evaluating RETREAT = Place of safety to live RECON= Reconnaissance SAK= Swiss Army Knife SERE= Survival, Escape, Resistance, Evasion SITX= Situation X SITREP= Situation Report
OPSEC= Operation Security
TV= Travel Vest
SSSSSS= Sound, Shape, Shine, Shadow, Smell, Silhouette TEOTWAWKI= The End Of The World As WE Know It. WTSHTF= When The Shit Hits The Fan
LGS = Local Gun Shop MBR= Main Battle Rifle CQC= Close Quarters Combat CQB= Close Quarters Battle CCP= Concealed Carry Permit CCW= Concealed Carry Weapon CWP= Concealed Weapons Permit PSA= Personal Sidearm LRG= Long Range Gun LRW= Long Range Weapon JIC = Just In Case DECON = Decontamination EMP= Electromagnetic Pulse The Crunch = SHTF WMD = Weapons Mass Destruction
CBRN=chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear.
FIFO – first in first out FWIW – for what it’s worth GTG – good to go LIA – little ice age NBC – nuclear chemical biological warfare POV – personally owned vehicle POW – personally owned weapons Prepper – one who practices preparedness, a survivalist
Fear, uncertainty and doubt, frequently abbreviated as FUD
Alpha Strategy: The practice of storing extra consumable items, as a hedge against inflation, and for use in barter and charity. Coined by
Ballistic Wampum: Ammunition stored for barter purposes. CBRN is a catch-all initialism for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear.
FIFO – first in first out (food rotation) FWIW – for what it’s worth GTG – good to go LIA – little ice age NBC – nuclear chemical biological warfare POV – personally owned vehicle POW – personally owned weapons Prepper – one who practices preparedness, a survivalist
Fear, uncertainty and doubt, frequently abbreviated as FUD
Alpha Strategy: The practice of storing extra consumable items, as a hedge against inflation, and for use in barter and charity. Coined by John Pugsley.
Contrapreneur: Someone who foolishly invests in a declining market. Coined by James Wesley Rawles
Crunch: A general term for a major, long-term disaster.
Doomer : A Peak Oil adherent who believes in a Malthusian-scale societal collapse.
EDC: Every Day Carry. What one carries at all times in case the end of the world strikes while one is out and about.
EOTW: End of the world
Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) – an extreme level of electromagnetic energy sufficient to burn out computer chips that may be caused by solar flares or by atmospheric nuclear explosions. Such an event would disable the Internet, telephones, computers, and devices that rely on computer controls, including automobiles, the electrical grid, and household appliances.
Goblin: A criminal miscreant. Coined (in the survivalist context) by Jeff Cooper.
Golden Horde: The anticipated large mixed horde of refugees and looters that will pour out of the metropolitan regions WTSHTF. Coined (in the survivalist context) by James Wesley Rawles.
G.O.O.D.: Get Out of Dodge (City). Fleeing urban areas in the event of a disaster. Coined by James Wesley Rawles.
G.O.O.D. Kit: Get Out of Dodge Kit. Synonymous with Bug-Out Bag (BOB).
INCH Bag: “I’m never coming home bag”. Designed to support the life of its owner indefinitely, as opposed to other BOBs which are oriented toward gaining short term advantage and sustaining life for a fixed length of time.
Pollyanna or Polly: Someone who is in denial about the disruption that might be caused by the advent of a large scale disaster.
Cbw = chemical biological warfare
Prepper: A synonym for survivalist that came into common usage during the late 1990s. Used interchangeably with survivalist much as retreater was in the 1970s. Refers to one who is prepared or making preparations.
SHTF: Shit Hits the Fan. A term used generically by survivalists to describe disaster situations
TEOTWAWKI: The End of the World as We Know It. Coined by Mike Medintz.
WTSHTF: When the Shit Hits the Fan. A term used generically by survivalists to describe disaster situations.
WROL: Without Rule of Law. Describes a potential lawless state of society.
WYWCCD when your wife cant cook dinner
EMFH every man for himself