72 Hour Kit – a bag of essential supplies and gear that is prepacked and staged so that you can grab it as you run out of your house in an emergency and be sustained for 72 hours. Also see BOB, GOOD Bag, and INCH BAG.
Acetaminophen – An over-the-counter medication; Pain reliever and fever reducer. NOT an anti-inflamitory. Most commonly known brand: Tylenol. Taking too much acetaminophen, or even taking a very small amount before, during, or after alcohol consumption can result in permanent liver damage and even death. Also known by the name paracetamol. See Paracetamol.
Acetylsalicylic acid – An over-the-counter medication; Fever reducer, anti-inflamitory and mild pain reliever. Mot commonly known brands: Bayer and Bufferin. Taking acetylsalicylic acid with alcohol greatly increases chances of stomach bleeding. Also, acetylsalicylic acid should not be given to a child or teenager who has a fever, especially if the child also has flu symptoms or chicken pox. acetylsalicylic acid can cause a serious and sometimes fatal condition called Reye’s syndrome in children. Also known as Aspirin. See Aspirin.
AK-47 – A type of firearm that is an early generation AK carbine that fires the 7.62x39mm cartridge.
AR-15 – A type of firearm that is a semi-automatic civilian version of the U.S. Army M16 rifle.
Aspirin – An over-the-counter medication; Fever reducer, mild pain reliever, and anti-inflamitory. Mot commonly known brands: Bayer and Bufferin. Taking aspirin with alcohol greatly increases chances of stomach bleeding. Also, aspirin should not be given to a child or teenager who has a fever, especially if the child also has flu symptoms or chicken pox. Aspirin can cause a serious and sometimes fatal condition called Reye’s syndrome in children. Also known as acetylsalicylic acid. See acetylsalicylic acid.
BOB – Bug Out Bag; also known as a “Bail Out Bag”; a bag of essential supplies and gear that is prepacked and staged so that you can grab it as you run out of your house in an emergency. Also see GOOD Bag, INCH BAG, and 72 Hour Kit.
BIB – Bug In Bag; a bag of essential supplies and gear that is prepacked and staged to aid you in the event you need to survive in place.
BIT – Bug In Tote; a large tote containing essential supplies and gear that is prepacked and staged to aid you in the event you need to survive in place. Sometimes preferred over a BIB due to it’s greater storage capacity.
BOL – Bug Out Location; a place of refuge prepared in advance to retreat to in the event your current location is no longer safe or sustainable. Usually a lightly populated rural area.
BOV – Bug Out Vehicle; the vehicle you have designated to use in the event you have to leave your home; usually contains some supplies as well.
Carrington Event – The 1859 natura EMP event in which a large coronal mass ejection from the sun resulted in a massive solar flare storm. The event was so powerful that the telegraph system all over Europe and the United states quit working, threw sparks, and created many fires due to it being the only electronic equipment of it’s day.
CDC – Center for Disease Control
CME – Coronal Mass Ejection: a solar flare. Carrington Event and EMP.
DIY – Do It Yourself; Usually in reference to a “Do It Yourself” project or task.
Doula – A person who is trained as a labor coach and is trained to support women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the time after child birth. This would be a welcome addition to your birthing-team in a grid down scenario.
EDC -Every Day Carry; the gear that you carry with you on an everyday basis.
EMP – Electromagnetic Pulse; a quick and powerful blast of electromagnetic electricity resulting from high energy explosions (such as a nuclear explosion), solar flare, or suddenly fluctuating magnetic field. Wreaks havoc on electronic devices such as computer chips and wiring, often destroying them. and have previously fused power wires, triggered burglar alarms, and caused breakage in radios, TVs, and power lines. Can potentially disable the Internet, telephones, computers, and devices that rely on computer controls, including automobiles, aircraft, the electrical grid, water processing facilities, and household appliances.
Family – The people you hold closest to your heart and the key foundational block of society. Not always related by blood. This alone should be your motivation for prepping and your number-one priority for everything you do.
FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
GHB – Get Home Bag; a bag of essential supplies and gear that is prepacked and staged at work, school, etc. to provide you with what you need to get home as quickly and safely as possible.
GOOD Bag – Get Out Of Dodge Bag; a bag of essential supplies and gear that is prepacked and staged so that you can grab it as you run out of your house in an emergency. Also see 72 Hour Kit, BOB, and INCH BAG.
Ibuprofen – Over-the-counter medication; Anti-inflamitory and pain reliever. Classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Most commonly known brands: Motrin and Advil. Should ALWAYS be taken with food. Easier on esophagus and stomach lining than aspirin(acetylsalicylic acid) and naproxen. If taken long-term, ibuprofen may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems, heart attack, stroke, stomach bleeding, and intestine bleeding.
INCH Bag – I’m Not Coming Home Bag/I’m Never Coming Home Bag; a bag of essential supplies and gear that is prepacked and staged so that you can grab it as you run out of your house in an emergency and never have to come home again. Also see 72 Hour Kit, BOB, and GOOD Bag.
Insurance – A form of protection. It’s wise to have this for your body and your family’s bodies (health), your life (life), your ability to earn income (disability), your property (homeowners or renters), and your automobiles (auto) just to name a few. Those involved in the preparedness scene usually have tangibles to provide other forms of protection such as long-term food supply (food), firearms and martial training (protection), generators and renewable power sources (energy), etc. Get covered now. Not later.
LOE – Level of Effort.
Love – The key ingredient in marriage, parenting, friendship, kindness to strangers, as well as interacting with your enemies. The world can be a very harsh, despicable, and cruel place. If you are not emotionally, physically, and spiritually prepared, this can affect you in a very negative way. Don’t let it. When it comes to difficult situations, show love, speak love, and live love at all times – especially when times seem the darkest.
LP – Listening Post; a position in which one can have the ability to hear great distances with the intent of obtaining early warning of enemy movement and position, as well as other pertinent information.
LPOP – See LP and OP.
Naproxen – Over-the-counter medication; Anti-inflamitory and pain reliever. Classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). Most commonly known brand: Aleve. Reported to be more effective for women experiencing menstrual cramps than other over-the-counter medications. Effects tend to last longer (8-12 hours) than other over-the-counter medications (4-6 hours). If taken long term, Naproxen may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems, heart attack, stroke, stomach bleeding, and intestine bleeding.
NVG – Night Vision Goggles or Night Vision Gear.
NRA – National Rifle Association.
NRA-ILA – National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action.
M16 – A type of firearm that was formerly the standard U.S. Army issued battle rifle. Fully automatic. Fires a 5.56mm NATO round.
M16A2 – A type of firearm that is the current standard U.S. Army issued battle rifle. This rifle is the modified version of the M16 which now has improved sights as well as the implementation of the 3 round burst option in place of the fully automatic option. Fires a 5.56mm NATO round.
M4 – A type of firearm that is a shorter modified version of the M16 and M16A2. Has a shorter barrel and collapsing stock. Fires a 5.56mm NATO round.
MRE – Meal Ready to Eat; A self-contained individual ration of food designed by the US Military. They are light weight and have an excellent shelf life (up to 5 years). Aside from the main entrée they usually contain other items such as flavored drink powder, a couple of side dishes, a dessert, a spoon, napkin, toilet paper, matches, gum, meal heater, etc
OP – Observation Post; a position (usually elevated) in which observations of property, terrain, enemies, etc can be made from. If needed, these can also be used as a defensive positions.
OPSEC – Operational Security; The idea behind this is to protect information regarding your location, supplies, personnel, etc. so that unwanted persons are unable to hear this information and therefore not be able to steal, pillage, or attack your valuables.
Paracetamol – Over-the-counter medication; Pain reliever and fever reducer. NOT an anti-inflamitory. Most commonly known brand: Tylenol. Taking too much paracetamol, or even taking a very small amount before, during, or after alcohol consumption can result in permanent liver damage and even death. Also known by the name acetaminophen. See Acetaminophen.
Prayer – Talking to God in your own way and in your own words. Give thanks for the many blessings that you have and ask God for the things you need. Take a leadership role in your home when it comes to prayer. Pray with your spouse and children. Pray for your spouse, your children, your extended family, your friends, your neighbors, and especially your enemies. Pray hard. And pray often.
Prepper – An individual, or group of individuals, who make preparations in advance of any situation that may force them to operate outside of their normal lifestyle or circumstances. These situations can be long-term or short-term and may range from international world events to local “neighborhood only” events. Someone who takes responsibility for themselves and/or their loved ones seriously.
Prep – Prepare
Preps – Preparations
Prepping – Preparing
PSK – Pocket Survival Kit; a small, usually light weight, and pocket-sized kit you are able to carry on you or with you daily. Contains essential supplies and gear that is designed to help you endure a hardship wherever you are.
R&R – Rest and Recuperation; the withdrawal from work duties for a short period of time. Usually taken to boost morale as well as to aid in “post-stress” rehabilitation.
ROI – Return on Investment.
SERE – Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape
SHTF – S*** Hits The Fan
SIP – Survive In Place or Shelter In Place; a scenario in which a person must remain in the location that they are currently in when the emergency or disaster strikes (Examples: office, classroom, corner store, etc). Once a person has determined that they must remain stationary and survive in place they will usually begin to evaluate their surroundings and improvise ways to better inprove their situation in regards to food, water, shelter, security, etc.
SOP – Standard Operating Procedures or Standing Operating Procedure; an established procedure to be carried out within a situation.
TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It. Pronounced “tee-ought-walk-ee”
Time – A precious life commodity that will fly by much quicker than you are ready for. Don’t spend all of your time prepping. Don’t spend all of your time working. Spend plenty of time helping others and with the people you love.
WROL – Without Rule Of Law: Describes a potentially lawless state of society
WTSHTF – When The S*** Hits The Fan.
YOYO – You’re On Your Own; When government ceases to provide essential services such as fire department and police department support. Also when utility companies cease to provide essential services such as heat, water, electricity, waste removal, or phone service.