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50 Prepper Terms and Acronyms You Should Learn

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50 Prepper Terms and Acronyms You Should Learn
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The world of prepping, survivalism, and homesteading is basically one huge subculture. And as with every subculture, it has its own terms, acronyms, and concepts that the rest of society isn’t familiar with.

If you’re new to this world, you’re going to come across most of these terms eventually. In fact, you’ve probably already seen terms like “bug out bag” or acronyms such as “SHTF”.

In this article, I’m going to list all the most common prepper terms and acronyms and explain what they mean. We’ll start with the acronyms. (If you’re still confused by the terms the acronyms stand for, most of them are explained in the section on prepper terms below.)

Prepper Acronyms

BOB: Bug Out Bag.

BOL: Bug Out Location.

BOV: Bug Out Vehicle.

BSTS: Better safe than sorry.

BUG: Backup Gun.

CCW: Concealed Carry Weapon.

CME: Coronal Mass Ejection, refers to powerful eruptions on the sun that can breach the Earth’s atmosphere and knock out electronics, similar to an EMP.

EDC: Everyday Carry.

EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse.

EOD: End of Days.

EOD: End of Times.

EOTW: End of the world.

FAK: First Aid Kit.

FIFO: First In First Out.

GHB: Get Home Bag.

GOOD: Get Out Of Dodge.

HEMP: High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse.

IFAK: Individual First Aid Kit.

JIC: Just In Case.

MRE: Meal Ready To Eat.

NBC: Nuclear Biological Chemical.

PFAK: Personal First Aid Kit.

PSK: Personal Survival Kit.

SHTF: Shit hits the fan (alternate: stuff hits the fan).

TBTF: Too Big To Fail.

TEOTWAWKI: The end of the world as we know it.

TPTB: The Powers That Be.

WROL: Without Rule of Law.

YOYO: You’re On Your Own.

Now here are the most common prepper terms you need to know.

Prepper Terms

72 Hour Bag: Another term for a bug out bag (see below).

Alpha Strategy: Storing extra supplies for the purposes of trade or personal use in a disaster.

Ballistic Wampum: Ammunition stored for disaster preparedness purposes. (Here are the best ammo calibers to have.)

Big Berkey: A family water filtration system that can remove harmful bacteria and toxins from water; this is definitely something you will want to keep in your home for emergencies. Here’s a basic Big Berkey.

Bug Out Bag: A simple backpack or bag of survival items that you have ready to go when you need to bug out a moment’s notice. Your bug out bag should consist of basic survival items that will allow you to survive for at least three days or 72 hours. Check out this list of the top 100 bug out bag items for more info.

Bug Out Location: A designated location outside of the danger zone that you bug out too.

Bug Out Vehicle: A vehicle that is large enough to transport you, your family, and your supplies, and can also go off-road in case roads are blocked. Here are a few examples.

Bugging In: Refers to staying at home during a disaster.

Bugging Out: Refers to evacuating your home during a disaster, either by your own choice or because you are ordered to.

Doomer: Somebody who believes disaster is coming and chaos will ensue. These are hardcore preppers.

Dutch Oven: A cast iron pot that can cook food on the hot coals of a campfire. Here’s a good one.

Electromagnetic Pulse: A weapon that when detonated in the atmosphere would knock out all electronics within a certain radius; the higher and stronger the EMP is, the more electronics will be affected. Examples of items that won’t work after an EMP include phones, tablets, computers, TVs, and most vehicles (some vehicles made before 1990 will still run).

Faraday Cage: An improvised device that can shield the electronic items inside from an EMP attack or solar flare. Examples of homemade Faraday cages include galvanized metal trash cans or a cardboard box wrapped in aluminum foil. Read this to learn how to make one for just a few dollars.

Food Insurance: Refers to the food stockpile you have in your home; start with a one month supply and then increase to a six month supply and then a one year’s supply. Here’s how.

Gamma Lid: An airtight lid that is used for plastic containers that are food grade.

Get Home Bag: A small backpack of survival items that you keep in your vehicle should you need to abandon your car and try to get home during an urban disaster; should contain enough survival items to enable you to survive for at least one day or twenty-four hours. The get home bag is smaller and lighter than the bug out bag. Here’s what to put in it.

Go-To Bag: Another term for a bug out bag.

Grid Down: Means the power grid has gone down, likely as a result of a CME or EMP.

Larder: Typically refers to a pantry, but can also be used to refer to any place where you store food for survival and disaster-related purposes.

Mason Jars: Simple glass jars that are used for canning food.

Mylar Bags: Bags that are used to provide a barrier between stored survival food and sunlight. Here’s how to use them.

Pollyanna: Somebody who denies that a major disaster will ever occur.

Preppers: People who prepare for disaster by storing food and supplies, learning survival skills, and so on. Most preppers are normal people who make basic preparations for disaster.

Rendezvous Point: A pre-determined location where you meet up with your survival group before continuing to evacuate to your designated bug out location.

Rule of Threes: You can live for three minutes without oxygen, three hours without shelter in harsh environments, three days without water, and three weeks without food. Here’s some more info.

Sheeple: Refers to people who are largely unprepared for a disaster and will follow the rest of the crowd.

Solar Oven: A cardboard box lined with aluminum foil to bake food using the sun’s energy.

Survival Cache: A collection of survival items that you bury or hide at a location away from your home; the survival cache would ideally be buried in between your house and your bug out location so you can resupply yourself en route. Sealed PVC pipes, Pelican cases, and military ammo cans are the most common choices for a cache container. Here’s an article with more info.

Two is One, One is None: When your life is on the line, you live by Murphy’s Law (whatever can go wrong, will go wrong). That means a crucial piece of survival gear is going to break, so always have a second piece in case the first one fails.

Technically that’s a little more than 50 terms and acronyms, but close enough. What did I forget?

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4 No Cook Meals For Surviving The Pandemic And Food Supply Shortages

prosciutto avocado sandwich

When it comes to your food supply, you just can’t risk not having enough. These no cook meals will be a great addition to your food supply planning. Check out the recipes below!

No Cook Meals to Help You Through the Pandemic

As of the writing of this article, there are 20 meat processing plants that have been shut down due to COVID-19 infections. We have been worrying about these types of effects on our food supply for months now, and this is the first real sign of how infections can affect the food supply.

When you walk into a supermarket, you might not see all the choices you had in the past. An empty meat case is a humbling thing for your eyes to fall upon. It’s the shocking realization that the seemingly infinite supply of chickens, pigs, and cows that are butchered for us has begun to run dry!

To deal with this issue, we are going to present four no cook meals that will help you create dinners at home that will feed your family without worrying so much about what’s available, or unavailable, in the meat case.

1. Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches

Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

As preppers we get beans. There are a bunch of ways to use beans and this a great example of how you can pack a sandwich with great nutrition and protein.

Serving: Makes 4 sandwiches


  • Can of White Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Avocado
  • 8 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
  • 8 Slices of Salted Pork (Prosciutto, Ham, Virginia Ham)


  • Begin by draining your beans in a colander then smashing them up in a bowl add a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper. This little mix is delicious. If you add some minced rosemary, you can even turn this into a delicious dip.
  • Pit your avocado and cut it in half and then quarters lengthwise. Leave the skin on.
  • Lay the bread out on a clean work surface for assembling the sandwiches.
  • Spread your mashed bean mix onto one side of the bread.
  • Peel your avocados and slice 1 quarter for each sandwich. Spread slices over the bean spread.
  • Add a few slices of your pork to over the top of the avocado.
  • You can finish this sandwich with some lettuces, fresh sprouts, or just eat it as is.

2. Delicious Crab Salad

Canned crab is a protein option that will likely be around through much of this meat crisis. It does have to be kept in refrigeration, but it’s delicious and this chipotle mayo salad is great in the spring and summer.


  • 1 Can of Crab Meat
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro


  • Drain your crab in a colander and set it in the sink.
  • Slice your asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Throw them into a bowl.
  • Thinly slice your onions and your cilantro and throw that into the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss in the crab meat.
  • Squirt on enough Chipotle mayo to coat everything and toss gently not to break up the crab meat.
  • Chill in the fridge and serve.

3. Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek Salad | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

The combination of simple summer ingredients makes for an incredible quick salad that you could add other proteins, too, if you wanted. These could be canned meats.


  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ Cup of Feta Cheese
  • A Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint
  • ½ Cup of Kalamata Olives
  • Balsamic Dressing


  • I like to cut the tomatoes in large chunks and have them kind of be the main course in this salad. Peel and slice your cucumber in half. Remove the seeds and either dice or slice in half-moons.
  • Peel and slice your red onion in half. Julienne your, or thinly slice, your half onion.
  • Add all these ingredients to a bowl. Finely slice your mint.
  • Add your olives, crumbled feta, and mint to the bowl and add enough dressing to coat everything.
  • Stir it up and allow this to chill for at least an hour for the flavors to really blend.

4. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

Using some similar ingredients and adding a protein like tuna, you can create some delicious lettuce wraps. The key to a good lettuce wrap is to have most of the items around the same size. So, consider that when you are preparing this dish.


  • Iceberg or Butter Lettuce
  • Canned Artichokes
  • Canned roasted Red peppers
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Minced Olives ¼ Cup
  • 2 Cans of Tuna
  • Green Onions
  • Basil


  • Start by peeling all the full leaves from your lettuce. Set them on a plate either cover them with a wet paper towel or put them back into the fridge.
  • Dice the peppers, artichokes, and cucumbers into cubes. Go no larger than ½ an inch.
  • Thinly slice your green onions and basil and add them to a bowl with your diced vegetables. Add your loves to this bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  • Crumble your feta cheese over the mixture.
  • Drain your tuna thoroughly and then add that to the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss this mixture. Try not to break up the tuna and the cheese too much but incorporate it thoroughly.
  • If you want, you can add some olive oil to the mix or a few glugs of balsamic vinegar. It’s also delicious just how it is.
  • Scoop a few tablespoons into a lettuce leaf, wrap it up and eat up!

These no cook meals should help lessen the stress you feel when thinking of what to feed your family. If you don’t have the specific ingredients, use your creativity, and use what you have. You might discover a new recipe while you’re at it!

What’s your favorite no cook meal recipe? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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Billionaire Whistle Blower: Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Is Over 50,000

  1. Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000.

A Chinese billionaire and whistleblower who lives in U.S. exile says Wuhan crematoriums have burned 50,000 coronavirus victims. | Credit: Chinatopix via AP

  • The official coronavirus death toll in China is a little over 800. But an exiled Chinese businessman says crematoriums are leaking the real figure.
  • A billionaire whistleblower alleges Wuhan has crematoriums working 24/7. He claims they’ve cremated some 50,000 coronavirus victims.
  • Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire living in exile in the United States.

The official coronavirus death toll is some 800 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 774. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.

Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Whistleblower: 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases In China, 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths In Wuhan


He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:


China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.

Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterwards, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.

Are Wengui’s Crematorium Claims Credible?

Watch VICE’s 2017 profile on Guo Wengui. At the time, he published bombshell documents alleging corruption in the Chinese government. He got the attention of the media and reportedly the U.S. State Department.


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5 Types Of Ammunition To Stockpile For A Collapse


Every prepper knows it’s a great idea to stockpile ammunition when preparing for a major disaster.

You can use it for hunting, self-defense, or barter.

But which types of ammo should you stockpile?

If you plan on bartering, then you don’t want a bunch of calibers that nobody wants. And that’s just one consideration.

In this video, Reality Survival & Prepping talks about what he thinks are the 5 best types of ammunition to stockpile for a collapse.

Here are his picks:

  1. .22 LR – Very common, good for hunting small game, very light and small.
  2. 9mm Luger – Great for self-defense, fits in a wide variety of handguns.
  3. 5.56×45mm or .223 Remington – Also very common, cheap and effective.
  4. .308 Winchester – Widely used, works in AR10 and bolt-action platforms.
  5. 12 Gauge – You can do a lot with it — hunt, defend yourself, etc.

In the video below he makes a much more detailed case for each caliber. What do you think of this list?

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