Prepper Language – Become Fluent in Prepperspeak

Spend even a little time researching preparedness and you’re going to get hit with some weird prepper terminology. Although the following list is far from exhaustive, knowing the meaning of these acronyms, abbreviations and buzz words will help you become fluent in prepperspeak! Even if you have absolutely zero desire to ever utter them yourself, being familiar with them will help as you become more knowledgeable regarding preparedness.


  • BOB (Bug Out Bag, Go Bag, 72 Hour Bag) – An emergency bag that is packed and ready to go containing all you need to survive on your own for a minimum of 3 days.
  • BOL (Bug Out Location) – An alternative location that is prepped in case your primary residence becomes unsafe.
  • BOV (Bug Out Vehicle) – Transportation that you intend to use to get from your home to your BOL.
  • BI (Bug In) – Choosing to remain in your home and ride out the situation.
  • BO (Bug Out) – The act of leaving your home and heading to an alternative location that offers greater safety.
  • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) – Organization composed of “on call” community volunteers called to assist when first responders are overwhelmed.
  • EDC (Every Day Carry) – Emergency items preppers carry every single day. Typically a very small kit that can easily fit in a pocket or purse.
  • EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) – A burst of electromagnetic energy caused by either natural (solar activity) or man-made (nuclear bombs) which can damage or destroy electronic equipment.
  • GHB (Get Home Bag) – A bag designed to meet your immediate needs while you get home.
  • GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) – Another way to say Bug Out. Coined by James Wesley Rawles.
  • INCH (I’m Never Coming Home) – Items you would take if you knew you were never returning home.
  • JIC (Just In Case) – Pretty much everything related to preparedness. It’s all just in case.
  • OPSEC (Operational Security) – The act of protecting your preparations by keeping them secret from others.
  • SIP (Shelter In Place) – Generally just another way of saying “Bug In”. It also temporarily taking refuge where you are until danger or risk decreases and you can safely travel.
  • SHTF (Sh*t/Stuff Hits The Fan) – A significant event that causes a breakdown of services and/or social order.
  • TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)- A catastrophic event that causes a complete societal breakdown and there is little, if any, chance of a return to the normal way of life.
    WROL (Without Rule of Law) – A period of time when society has temporarily, or permanently, broken to the point that authorities can offer little if any protection.
  • YOYO (You’re On Your Own) – A situation where basic utilities are no longer functional and/or the government has stopped providing essential services such as police, fire, and emergency medical care.