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Below you will find a glossary of acronyms with a small description of their meaning used most commonly in the field of Preppers and Survivalist.
SHTF: "Sh*t Hits The Fan"
A term used to describe a devastating situation that leads to social chaos.
BOB: "Bug-Out Bag"
A portable bag filled with survival essentials that can be grabbed and taken when evacuating.
TEOTWAWKI: "The End Of The World As We Know It"
A situation in which a community’s social structure and economic infrastructure are so badly damaged that it is unable to function normally again. This is a common occurrence following natural disasters or political revolutions.
WROL: "Without Rule Of Law"
A phrase denoting lawlessness has taken over.
EDC: "Everyday Carry"
Items that a person carries with them on a daily basis to be prepared for emergencies or unexpected situations.
GHB: "Get Home Bag"
A personal emergency kit smaller than a bug-out bag that helps someone get home during an emergency.
MRE: "Meals Ready to Eat"
Military-style food rations that are made to last and stay nourished.
NBC: "Nuclear, Biological, Chemical"
An expression that refers to a type of assault or catastrophe in which hazards play a part.
PPE: "Personal Protective Equipment"
A protective device for a person, consisting of clothing or equipment necessary to avoid physical, biological, or chemical harm.
QRF: "Quick Reaction Force"
a group of people trained to respond quickly to emergencies.
BOL: "Bugging Out Location"
A bug-out location is also known as a secondary dwelling or retreat. It is a location where a person or group plans to go when leaving their home during an emergency.
CBRN: "Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear"
An example of an event or attack that involves these kinds of dangers.
INCH: "I'm Not Coming Home"
An emergency kit designed to last for a long time, usually packed into a large backpack or other portable container.
IFAK: "Individual First Aid Kit"
A portable first aid kit that someone keeps on them at all times.
OPSEC: "Operational Security"
The practice of preventing potential harm or negative consequences by keeping sensitive information confidential.
EMP: "Electromagnetic Pulse"
An incident of electromagnetic radiation that can harm electronic equipment and infrastructure.
BOL: "Bug-Out Location"
A specified location where a person or group is planning to go in the event of an emergency.
TCCC: "Tactical Combat Casualty Care"
A set of techniques and procedures for treating injuries in combat or an emergency situation.
WTSHTF: "When The Sh*t Hits The Fan"
More like SHTF, but more definitive.
TSHTF: "The Sh*t Hits The Fan
Another variation of SHTF.
EOTW: "End Of The World"
An event of catastrophic proportions.##
In other words, a term used to describe a devastating event.
OP: "Observation Post"
A spot where someone or something can watch their surroundings safely.
ABC: "Always Be Carrying"
The philosophy of always keeping a weapon close at hand for personal defence.
SITREP: "Situation Report"
A report that provides information about the current situation in a given area.