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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.

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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.

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prepper food bookALICE: 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.
survivial food listCME: 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

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