Survival Glossary

  • BOB: Bug-out bag
  • BOL: Bug-out location
  • BOV: Bug-out vehicle
  • Civie: This is US Military slang for civilian.
  • CODEX: Newly developed food standards which my adversely affect modern farmers and the seek to control food supply. See also: Codex
  • Camo: Slang for Camouflage
  • DIY: Acronym for Do It Yourself
  • Doomer: The Peak Oil crowd’s term for someone that foresees a chaotic societal collapse when oil supplies get short. .
  • EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse.
  • EOTW: End of the World (see TEOTWAWKI)
  • ETA: Estimated time of arrival
  • G.O.O.D.: Get Out of Dodge (as in Dodge City). Escaping from areas with high population density (usually big cities) to rural areas in the event of a disaster.
  • FDA: Food and Drug Administration (this is a Federal Government Agency)
  • FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency(this is a Federal Government Agency) GWOT: Global War on Terror
  • G.O.O.D. Kit: Get Out of Dodge Kit. Basically a Bug-Out Bag (BOB) but on a larger scale.
  • H5N1: The CDC’s designation for one of the current strains of the Asian Avian Flu Also called Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). See my article on How to Survive a Flu Outbreak
  • Prepper: Someone who practices preparedness heavily, also known as “survivalists” (See also: Beginners Guide to Prepping
  • Root Cellar: Underground storage area used for food and/or shelter. Common among Preppers.
  • SHTF: Shit hits the fan or Schumer hits the fan. This means, when disaster strikes.
  • Survival: Essentially means “to be alive” or “to exist”. Can also be used to describe avoidance of death.
  • Survivalist: One who practices “survivalism”
  • Survivalism: The process and practice of becoming prepared for unforeseen circumstances.
  • Survival Gear: Any piece of equipment used to aid in prolonging the life of a human being (particularly in survival situations).
  • Survival Dog: A canine who has been trained with specific traits that would be helpful in survival situation.
  • Survival Retreat: A property that is stocked with everything you need to survive the EOTW. (See my article on alternative housing ideas)
  • TEOTWAWKI The End of the World as We Know It.
  • WTSHTF: When the shit hits the fan. Same as SHTF
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