This is a glossary of terms and acronyms used throughout the site.
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OPSEC: Operational Security - It's a system of keeping information with the people who need it
and away from those who don't. The reasons for vary; for us it's to protect us WTSHTF. We believe in helping our
family and neighbors when/where/if we can, but I don't need five or 20 extra people camping out front because they
didn't follow any of the advice on the site. Just prepare, it's easier for everyone!
Poser: In this context, it's someone who 'plays survivalist'. They may have some kit, some
supplies, and even had some training, but are almost completely useless in a real world situation. I personally
feel that, many "survivalists" are closer to this end of the scale than they'd like to admit, myself
included. The only way to move up the scale is to practice STSPD.
Sheeple - Blissfully ignorant people who, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,
continue to believe that conditions and situation which have occurred in the past won't happen to them now or ever.
They aren't prepared for emergencies or disasters, but will expect aid when they're impacted by one. (see couch
commando and poser)
STSPD: Shit Those "Survival People" Do/Shit That "Survival People" Do - Sheeple use this term
to label the activities of preparation, which they believe are a waste of time.
TEOTWAWKI: acronym for The End Of The World As We Know It. Self explanitory, yes?
T-minus: All the time leading up to a specific time, "t". We hear this most often with rocket
T-plus: "T" is the specific time of an event, like when the space shuttle launches.
"t-plus" is all time after the event is initiated, such as the launch. I use it to mean something like "all the
time spent in a survival situation".
TUT: The Undisclosed Town - The closest town to our homestead. We don't specifically name it
WTSHTF: When the shit hits the fan.
ZULU: Commonly known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) is a time
synchronized to that of the Prime Meridian which runs through Royal Greenwich Observatory in Greenwich, UK. It is
not the same as London time.
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