Glossary of Terms/Acronyms

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 abbreviated 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 occurring terms on prepping/survivalist websites.

ABAO: All Bets Are Off (a situation synonymous with TEOTWAWKI)

ALICE: All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment

BIB: Bug-In Bag. A kit of essentials designed for “hunkering down”, in place. See also: BOB.

BOB: Bug-out Bag. See also: BIB.

BOL: Bug-out Location. Synonymous with retreat.

BOV: Bug-out Vehicle.

Carrington event: a natural EMP-like event, caused by a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) of the Sun. (See also: CME and EMP.)

CDC: Centers for Disease Control

CME: Coronal Mass Ejection. (Solar flares.) See also: Carrington Event and EMP.

COMSEC: Communications Security

DHS: Department of Homeland Security

DLP: Defense of Life and Property

EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse

EROL: Excessive Rule of Law. (A situation of massive restrictive laws.)

EOTWAWK: End of the World as We Know It.

Faraday Cage: A shielding enclosure for electronics. See also: EMP and Carrington Event

FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency

FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

GHB: Get Home Bag

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

Golden Horde: In historical contexts, the Mongol Horde of the 13th Century, but in the context of SurvivalBlog, the anticipated large mixed horde of refugees and looters that will pour out of the metropolitan regions WTSHTF.

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.

Isolated retreat: A privately owned stronghold designed to be almost entirely self-sufficient and self-contained

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.)

MRE: Meal, Ready to Eat (U.S. Army field rations)

OPSEC: Operational Security

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: a survivalist- slang for a prepared individual

Preps: Slang for preparations

SERE: Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.

SHTF: When the Shit Hits The Fan.

SIP: Shelter in Place

Unhardened (electronics): See: EMP

TEOTWAWKI: The End of the World as we Know It (Acronym coined by Mike Medintz) (Spoken “Tee-ought-walk-ee”).

WROL: Without Rule Of Law. (A lawless situation.)

WTSHTF: When the Shit Hits the Fan, or the worst case, aka TEOTWAWKI

YOYO: You’re On Your Own. (When the government ceases to provide essential services such as police protection or fire department services, and when utilities no longer provide water, sanitation, electricity and phone service.)

Zombie: The name for the unprepared and often aggressive masses who will look to take what you have painstakingly prepared.

Via: examiner, southernbelleprepper, survivalblog

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