Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Glossary of Preparedness Terms and Acronyms

This is a work in progress glossary to define a few preparedness/food storage terms and acronyms that are commonly used among those who know what they mean, but are rarely used and even more rarely understood by those who don't know what they mean :). Feel free to leave comments with any other terms you think should be added or additions/changes that need to be made to definitions and I'll get them on the list!

BOB: Bug Out Bag. Similar to a 72 hour emergency kit--a kit with some way to transport it with gear in it for personal survival if you had to evacuate your location.

EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse. Surge of electromagnetic energy from a nuclear detonation that would damage/kill most electrical devices in the affected area.

Food Storage: Non perishable foods stored at your residence or other location that will feed yourself and/or your family in the event the need arises. Foods can be stored for short term storage (shelf life of months-about 5 years) or long term storage (5+ years shelf life).

MRE: Meal Ready to Eat. First used by the military these fully cooked meals need little or no water for preparation and are packed in heavy plastic. Can be eaten hot or cold, providing ease of preparation, lots of calories and protein, but taste nasty.

TEOTWAWKI: The End of The World as We Know It. Term loosly refers to any catastrophic event that would affect infrastructure, commerce, etc. and definitely require your preparedness and self reliance skills!


foodstr2 said...

Just thought I'd let you know, regarding EMP, Paul Williams, in his book, "The Day of Islam" documents that Al Qaeda *has* nukes, and that at least 2 have been smuggled into the US already (via Mexico) so far.

You can read more about it at

Sleep well (once you're prepared...)

AP said...

Thanks for the comment and information. I would not doubt if that were accurate information. We are trying to prepare all we can for the threats that are out there, and as you referenced, they are out there. Thanks again for visiting the blog, and all the best to you in your preparations!