Glossary

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Economics, finance and politics are on the verge of great changes. Society is restless. You can be anxious, but you can also be prepare for it. The purpose of PrepperTidbits.com is to help you prepare as much as possible.

What is a prepper?

A Prepper is someone who actively prepared (of “preparation” in English) for possible disruptions in social, financial, political and / or ecological sense. Preppers strive maximize self-sufficiency after – with food stocks, exchange resources, tools and (medical) devices – to depend as little as possible from the state or establishment as a crisis occurs. The phenomenon preppers has  grown in 2011 , due to the global financial bank crisis.

Survivalists tend toward using military acronyms as in OPSEC and SOP, and terminology common among preppers and the gun culture. They use terms that are unique to their own lexicon and some key terms and acronyms include:

ABAO

All Bets Are Off (a situation synonymous with TEOTWAWKI = The End Of The World As We Know It)

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.

Ballistic Wampum

Ammunition stored for barter purposes. Coined by Jeff Cooper.

BIB

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

BOB

Bug-out bag.

BOL

Bug-out Location. Synonymous with retreat.

BOTTUM

Bug-Out Trailer To Unknown Madness.

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

Contrapreneur

Someone who foolishly invests in a declining market. Coined by James Wesley Rawles.

Crunch

A general term for a major, long-term disaster.

DHS

Department of Homeland Security

DLP

Defense of Life and Property

Doomer

A Prepper who believes in a Malthusian-scale societal collapse.

ELE

Extinction Level Event

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.

EMP

Electromagnetic Pulse

EOTW

End of the world

FEMA

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FUBAR

Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition

FUD

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

G.O.O.D. Kit

Get Out of Dodge Kit. Synonymous with Bug-Out Bag (BOB).

G.O.O.D.

Get Out of Dodge (City). Fleeing urban areas in the event of a disaster. Coined by James Wesley Rawles.

GHB

Get Home Bag

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.

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.

MRE

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

OPSEC

Operational Security Pollyanna or Polly: Someone who is in denial about the disruption that might be caused by the advent of a large scale disaster.

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.

PSM

Prepper shelter meeting

SERE

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.

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.

WROL

Without Rule of Law. Describes a potential lawless state of society.

WTSHTF

When the S**t 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

Unprepared, incidental survivors of a prepped-for disaster, “who feed on… the preparations of others”

Zombie Apocalypse

Used by some preppers as a tongue-in-cheek metaphor for any natural or man-made disaster and “a clever way of drawing people’s attention to disaster preparedness”. The premise of the Zombie Squad is that “if you are prepared for a scenario where the walking corpses of your family and neighbors are trying to eat you alive, you will be prepared for almost anything.” Though “there are some… who are seriously preparing for a zombie attack”.