It seems to me that the exclusive members of the “Prepper’s Club” are one of the very few groups that have a language of there very own. If it wasn’t for James Wesley, Rawles’ glossary on his www.survivorblog.com, I would have been utterly lost when I first began researching. If you visit certain prepping/survival websites and forums there are always these foreign acronyms that may cause new preppers to wonder. No worries, it isn’t meant to make a “newbie” feel inadequate. The phrases are long and the abbreviations make the conversations go faster.
Those who are new to the “Prepping Club,” here are a few that are most used and most seen on websites:
Top Prepping Acronyms
BIB – Bug In Bag. A kit of essentials designed for “hunkering down” in place. See also: BOB
BOB, BoB, or B-o-B – Bug Out Bag. Synonymous with G.O.O.D. Kit. See also: BIB.
BOL, B.O.L., or B.o.L– Bug out Location. Synonymous with retreat.
BDU– Battle Dress Uniform. also called camouflages. There are different designs of camos so look into the type of camo that will best fit in with your chosen environment.
The Crunch – Thanks to Rawles’ book, Patriots: A Novel Of Survival in the Coming Collapse, many are beginning to use this term synonymously with the idea of a complete breakdown of society. Mayhem and chaos pretty much sums it up.
DLP – Defense of Life and Property. Preach it!
G.O.O.D – Get Out Of Dodge. In other words, “Get the heck out as soon as possible!”
MRE: Meal, Ready to Eat. It may not taste good, but it will keep you alive. My advice: Get some!
SOL – Sh*t Out of Luck, or, Simply Out of Luck
Web Gear – Generic term for tactical load bearing equipment such as pistol belts, Y-harnesses, magazine pouches, vests, and so forth.
TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It. Also, see the Crunch.
SHTF – Sh*t Hits The Fan
WTT – Want To Trade
WTB – Want To Buy
You can see a complete acronyms glossary at the survivor blog. Good luck and get to preppin’!