Reference: The Preppers Glossary

Reference: The Preppers Glossary

1 is none, 2 is 1: Refers to having a backup plan in case your first plan doesn’t work. One plan is none, because it will likely fail. So you need a Plan B. Most of The Unprepared population doesn’t even have a Plan A.
Barter: Trading goods or services you have for something you want.

Bugout bag (with basic supplies, clothing and tools to survive several days).

Bugout location. Usually a plot of land in the countryside, where you would go to avoid the hungry and dangerous crowds of the city during a long-term disaster situation.

Bugout vehicle, usually a pickup truck to carry emergency food, water, supplies and people. In the case of a massive EMP event, a recommended BOV would be a pre-1980 pickup truck, without electronic controls or computers.

: Staying home during an emergency or disaster. Food and water must be prepared and stored prior to the event, sufficient to last the estimated duration of the emergency.

Leaving home and the city at the beginning of what seems to be a long-term disaster situation. Food and water must be prepared and stored at the bugout location (BOL) prior to the event, sufficient to last the estimated duration of the emergency.

: Coronal mass ejection. A massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields rising above the solar corona or being released into space. Often associated with solar flares and groupings of sunspots. CMEs can cause EMPs that can damage electrical and electronic systems.Doomsday: A time or event of crisis or great danger. A any day of reckoning. An unpleasant or disastrous destiny. An even or series of events that leads to the end of the world as we know it. Also called end times, end of time, end of days, last days, final days.

Electromagnetic pulse produced by a solar flare or nuclear explosion. EMPs can knock out electric power and electronic devices, including car and truck computers (see EMP Commission report pg. 115 about autos/trucks.). Effects of EMPs can be reduced with a Faraday cage.

Fiat Currency:
Any currency authorized by a government but not based on or convertible into gold or silver. These currencies are only worth what people believe they are worth. Throughout history, every fiat currency has failed (usually through hyperinflation), according to, and ZeroHedge.

Faraday Cage:
A metal container or mesh, preferably grounded. EMPs flow along the surface of the container (usually a cube) without penetrating the inside of the container. Named after Michael Faraday, a 19th-century scientist.

“Fouled” up beyond all repair/recognition. Used when a situation or object is so messed up that it cannot be fixed.

et out of dodge

A situation where the electric utility grid has failed, possibly long-term. This could be due to a powerful EMP wave from a massive solar flare or nuclear attack, or a hacking attack on the grid network. Read the excellent Lights Out book book by David Crawford for a taste of what that could be like.

Not connected to the power, water and sewage utility grid. Self-sufficient homestead with your own source of electricity from solar PV or wind turbine, with your own water well and septic tank. This is how the majority of people lived until the last 100 years or so. Can include growing and preserving your own food, and additional self-sufficiency.

Operational security is a process used to deny an adversary information concerning our intentions and capabilities by identifying, controlling and protecting indicators associated with our planning processes or operations. In other words, try to minimize the amount of info that can be observed by potential enemies/threats and used against you. Sometimes interpreted to mean “maintain vigilance and awareness.”

One who believes in being prepared, like every boy scout learns. Being prepared means readying supplies, having contingency plans, and practicing what to do prior to emergencies, disasters, unemployment, etc. Some people call this paranoid or crazy. Most people with sufficient foresight and intelligence believe it would be unwise not to prepare to protect themselves and their family.

Rule of 3:
The Rule of 3 states that you cannot survive:
• 3 seconds without spirit and hope
• 3 minutes without air
• 3 hours without shelter in extreme conditions
• 3 days without water
• 3 weeks without food
• 3 months without companionship

When you have a self-sufficient homestead, you generate your own electricity from solar PV or a wind turbine, produce your own water from a well or groundwater, and use your own septic tank for sewage. You grow much of your own food and can buy or barter for your other needs. This is how the majority of people lived until the last 100 years or so.SHTF: “Shit” hits the fan. Used to refer to a situation when something has gone terribly wrong.

A state of surviving; remaining alive.TEOTWAWKI: The end of the world as we know it, caused by a collapse of society, economy, government, and/or transportation brought on by financial collapse, natural disaster or terrorist attack.

The Unprepared:
One who believes that 100% of our systems of government, finance, economics, utilities, transportation, and communication will always work perfectly forever. They feel no need to prepare for any type of disaster or emergency such as hurricane Sandy, sudden job loss, another deep Recession, power grid failure, earthquake, fire or flood. They feel that none of those will ever happen to them. So they depend upon a precarious system of just-in-time delivery of everything they need to survive and live.It is only in the last 2 or 3 generations that the average person has become The Unprepared, dependent on stores, utilities and government for everything in their life. Think about it…

Without rule of law. A situation where society has broken down, anarchy rules, it’s TEOTWAWKI, the proverbial stuff has hit the fan …).


1 Comment

  1. SchemaByte - January 31, 2013, 10:15 PM Reply

    May I contribute…

    Zombie: One of The Unprepared.