The language of a prepper

The language of a prepper

Remember those days where you had to memorize list of vocabulary words for the spelling test at the end of the week? As you progressed from elementary school on to high school, the teachers would make you learn not only how to spell the freaking word, but you were tested on the definition.

I NEVER did well on those. I never did well on tests where I didn't have a practical experience to reinforce the knowledge. I needed and wanted to be able to use those words in my everyday language.

In the last year or so, as I have delved more into the survival and prepping world, I have been exposed to a list of words, terms and acronyms that I have found that I can use in my everyday vocabulary.

I thought as we explore the world of prepping and survival, and making it more accessible to everyone, having a practical vocabulary would be useful.

Many of these I will go into more detail in individual posts.

SHTF – Sh*t hits the fan – I think this is self explanatory. This can be any kind of catastrophic event whether it be a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or even financial collapse.

SWOT Analysis: This stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  A SWOT Analysis is a useful method that uncomplicates your understanding of these areas prior to facing a survival situation. Performing a SWOT Analysis on yourself and your capabilities can help you determine how prepared you are and the areas you need to improve on. This analysis can also be beneficial to your business or organization.

Bug Out – The process of removing yourself and your family from your home in the event of a disaster.

Sheltering in Place – Bugging out is not always an option whether it be due to a weather situation or your own physical limitations. Preparing your home to ride out an emergency is just as important as preparing to get out of dodge.

Bug Out Bag – BOB – Also known as a Go Bag. This a backpack or bag with the necessary tools and supplies to survive if you are forced to leave your home (bug out). There is some debate in the prepper community, but most people consider 72 hours of supplies to be adequate for immediate survival with the means (water filters, hunting tools, etc.) to resource more supplies if needed.

Get Home Bag – Similar to a bug out bag but typically smaller, lighter and more inconspicuous. This bag carries only what you might need to get home from your place of business or other activities you participate in away from home. Hopefully you will make it to your vehicle or other mode of transportation, but if those are compromised, having the necessary items with you will make your travel home more comfortable and successful.

EDC – Every Day Carry – Items you carry for every day use and for emergency situations.

Bug Out Vehicle – Contrary to the images that might be popping into your head, you don't have to have an armored 4x4 to help you get out of dodge. By simply stocking your car, van or truck with supplies for everything from everyday breakdowns to more drastic situations, you can be prepared to respond to what comes along.

mreMRE – Meal Ready to Eat – If you spent anytime in the military, you will know what these are. For those who haven't, these are prepared meals that are vacuum sealed and usually have a shelf life much longer than canned foods from the grocery store. These also have a higher calorie count to help provide energy when the body is under stress and being pushed physically.

WROL – Without Rule of Law - While we hope that in a disaster situation, we could count on our neighbors to act in a civilized manor, we have all seen what can happen. Looting and a chaos can take over an area when police, fire and military are stretched beyond their resources.

Zombie – Okay, I know some of you are laughing because the reality of the zombie portrayed in the television and cinema is pretty unlikely. BUT when there are natural and man made disasters, there are always going to be those individuals or groups who are unprepared and will be aggressive in their attempt to take what you have. This is where being inconspicuous plays in your favor.

And the last term I thought I would throw in is a specific situation we should be aware of.

EMP – An Electromagnetic Pulse – This event can be extremely damaging to your electronics including your phones, computers, vehicles and homes. (for more info I encourage you to check out Wikipedia). While the threat of a Electromagnetic weapon being used on the United States is becoming more and more likely with the advance of technology, it's not the one that has a great chance of affecting us.

Though we can't totally prepare for it, a close proximity lightning strike has the chance of severely affecting you, not only in the high energy discharge causing fire, structural damage and personal injury, but also in an electromagnetic pulse which could permanently damage your electronics even with surge protectors or being unplugged. An interesting side note, an emp could potentially be damaging to a cardiac pace-maker.


Now this is not a complete list by any stretch of the imagination. But these terms are ones that will be used through out the following posts and I thought I would be smart to have practical foundation before delving too deep into the world of prepping and survival.

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