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The prepper and survivalist movement has quickly grown into a significant subculture that stretches across America and the around the entire world. It has no boundaries between race, religion or nationality. Preppers from around the world share their concerns and their plans freely up-and-coming newbie preppers. They all are preparing for the disaster they see as most likely to occur. Are you ready?
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A prepper is someone who actively prepares for the unknown. A survivalist prepares for a future event, natural event, by storing food, water, preserving, a second shelter like a tent, personal hygiene supplies, etc.
You can bet that whatever prepper/survival supplies a prepper has packed away, they have a plan to take at least some of it with them to their bug out location. A bug out bag or BOB for every member of the family is filled with essential survival food, adequate water, survival gear and whatever else the prepper decides is absolutely necessary for the immediate and foreseeable situation.
Survivalism is a movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who are actively preparing for local, regional or global emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures (e.g., a survival retreat or an underground shelter) that may help them survive a catastrophe.
Anticipated local or global disruptions may include:
Clusters of natural disasters, patterns of apocalyptic planetary crises, or "Earth Changes" (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, solar storms, severe thunderstorms, floods, tsunamis).
Anthropogenic disasters (chemical spills, release of radioactive materials, nuclear or conventional war, oppressive governments).
The general collapse of society caused by the shortage or unavailability of resources such as electricity, fuel, food, or water.
Financial disruption or economic collapse (caused by monetary manipulation, hyperinflation, deflation, or depression).
A global pandemic.
Widespread chaos or some other unexplained apocalyptic event.
LIST OF PREPPER AND SURVIVALIST TERMS:
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 written 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.)
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 aggressive masses who will look to take what you have carefully prepared.
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