As snow storms, droughts, wildfires, hail, hurricanes, and other dramatic weather patterns become more common, people are looking to the prepper community, so they’re better equipped when SHTF.  Ben Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. For the first time since Y2K people are taking their ability to hunker down, mobilize, and sharpen their base survival skills and more, a lot more seriously.


For prepper veterans, or those who want a little refresher, here are ten common acronyms, terms, mottos, and what they mean.  You never know, they might help keep you safe should you or your loved ones ever face an emergency.


SHTF Scenario

When ‘stuff’ or s#%t hits the fan – basically your emergency scenario realized.

BOL (Bug Out Location)

A designated area outside of the danger zone that you go to.  If you are ‘bugging in’, you are staying at home during an emergency or disaster.

BOB (Bug Out Bag)

Your bag of essentials to take on the road when it’s no longer safe to stay where you are. Prepper Steve told The Guardian, “Any bug-out bag should be equipped with at least seven days’ food in the form of MREs – that’s dehydrated Meals Ready to Eat.”

Buddy Burner

A portable stove that you can make yourself and used for cooking on a ventilated coffee can. To find ways to make your own buddy burning click here.

EDC (Every Day Carry)

A small number of items that will fit on a survivalist’s person (think in their pocket, wallet, purse, or key chain).

FAK (First Aid Kit)

An IFAK is an individual first aid kit.  To find out what you should include in your car roadside emergency and first aid kit click here.

Grid Down

This could be a common blackout or power outage, or a bigger issue that could take days, weeks, or longer to repair.  Be ready for grid downs of various sizes and length with Car Generator.

Rule of Threes

A survival essential to know, that you can survive for three minutes without oxygen, three hours without shelter when faced with harsh environments (think in the woods in a blizzard), three days without water, and three weeks without food supplies.

Solar Oven

For those who don’t have power, are living off the grid, or just camping, you can make your own solar oven by lining a cardboard box with aluminum foil to cook your food using nothing but the sun’s heat.

Two is One, One is None

This ‘better safe than sorry’ motto applies to camping, being off the grid (and any time you don’t have regular access to additional supplies).  It’s important to have duplicates of key survival gear in case something breaks, gets lost, or is stolen.