Prepper’s mini dictionary for newbies and pros

Prepper’s mini dictionary for newbies and pros

We have collected a number of terms, abbreviations, and acronyms for different things and events most commonly used in the prepping community. Some you may already know and others may be completely new to you. However, if you feel that we have missed something or you think you have anything to add to this list please feel free to leave us your comment below. We will be happy to add it to our list because its sole purpose is the further education of us all.


Bugging In – Staying put in your present location during a crisis situation.

Bugging Out – Leaving your present location during a crisis situation. To evacuate usually to a known secondary location.

BOB Bug Out Bag. A bag packed with everything you will need to survive away from home for a minimum of 72 hours.

BOL – Bug Out Location or Bug Out Lodge. This is a retreat location to which you plan to relocate should your home become compromised.

BOV – Bug Out Vehicle. Your vehicle of choice for moving from current location to the secondary retreat.


Cache – Stored supplies in locations along your route to get home or to your BOL. The term is also used to refer to supplies that you have buried for security reasons.

CC – Concealed Carry. A firearm which is on your person but hidden from the view of others.

CCP – Concealed Carry Permit. This is a license that allows you to legally CC firearm.

CCW – Concealed Carry Weapon. See CC above.

CME – Coronal Mass Ejection.  AKA solar storms.


EDC – Every Day Carry. A small kit you have with you every day.

ELE Extinction Level Event.

EMP – Electromagnetic Pulse. A natural or man-made pulse of electromagnetic energy that can be strong enough to knock out the power grid over a large geographical area.

EOTW – End of the world. A term used to describe a widespread disaster that will permanently alter society.


FAK – First Aid Kit.

FIFO – First In, First Out. The basic principle of food stock rotation.

FUBAR – F****d Up Beyond All Recognition. Complete disaster, irreparable.


Genny/Geni – Generator for emergency power.

GMO – Genetically Modified Organism. Many preppers opt against food that has been genetically modified.

GHB Get Home Bag. This bag should have all the supplies you might need to make it from work or wherever you are back home if an emergency arise.

GOOD – Get out of Dodge. Hasty evacuation. Usually if suddenly your location is not safe anymore.

G.O.O.D. Kit – Get Out of Dodge Kit. The same as a BOB.

Grey man This is a method of blending in. Hiding in plain sight. Not being noticeable or easily describable.


Ham – Slang term for an amateur radio.

Hunkering down Staying safely at a location (home or elsewhere) for the duration of an emergency. (see also Bugging In)


IFAK – Individual First Aid Kit. Usually, a small, portable kit that contains enough supplies for a single person.

INCH – I’m Never Coming Home. Code to let your family or survival group know that you can’t get home and they shouldn’t hang around waiting for you but should continue with the plan you made as a group.


LED – Light-emitting diode. Extremely long-lasting light bulbs which make them popular for emergency lighting.


Martial Law – When the constitution and ordinary laws are suspended and the highest ranking military official is in charge, as opposed to an elected official. This is reserved for times of extreme crisis.

MRE – Meals Ready to Eat. A term for pre-prepared meals mostly used by the military.

MOLLE Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment

MSM – Main Stream Media.


N95 Mask A protective mask that filters at least 95% of airborne particles.

N100 Mask – A protective mask that filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles.

NAD – Not A Drill. A term used by military and law enforcement to indicate that an event is serious and legitimate. If you hear this, get moving.


Rule Of Three – Generally considered to be the cut-off point for human survival: 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.


Sheeple – People who blindly obey or believe what they are told without applying critical thought.

Shelter-In-Place – Staying where you are during an emergency rather than trying to get home/out-of-the-area. This is advised when travel would be dangerous.

SHTF – Sh*t hits the fan. This is an acronym that preppers use for a life-changing disaster.


TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It. An acronym used to describe an event of apocalyptic proportions.


VB Vehicle Bag. It contains all you might need to repair your vehicle on the go and is kept within the vehicle at all times.


WROL – Without Rule Of Law. The lawlessness that follows a societal collapse or breakdown.


YOYO – You’re On Your Own. An acronym used to refer to a situation in which there are no first responders, no law enforcement, and no medical assistance. You have only yourself to rely on.


ZOMBIE – Not the walking dead kind, but a person (or group of people) who wander around trying to figure out what to do next. After the shock at their new reality has subsided, they will become hungry, desperate, and dangerous.

The list is subject to continual improvement, which greatly depends on your engagement in the comments section below.


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