Survival Terminology

  • We define survival as living through a natural or man-made disaster in a better position than the average victim.  Our goal is to help you not only survive, but to thrive, so that you are not dependent on outside assistance or government support.
  • Preparedness means making preparations before disaster strikes to improve your chances of survival. Surely you remember the old saw about closing the barn door…
  • Survivalists choose to prepare on their own or in a small group rather than rely on the government to help them survive a disaster.  Survivalists are self reliant and take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their family.  They survive by choice, not chance.
  • Preppers are modern day survivalists and may choose to live in the suburbs rather than in rural areas.  They prepare for the unexpected, but they are less likely to live in their retreat.
  • Survivalism is the art of being a survivalist. There are many degrees of survivalism, and most people start out on a small scale and expand their level of preparedness over time as their budget allows and their commitment to Survivalism grows.
  • Prepping is the art of being a prepper. It is the physical process of planning, stockpiling, and preparing to survive a disaster.
  • Patriots are prepared to fight for liberty, for their country, and to uphold the Constitution.  While others prepare for natural and man-made disasters, Patriots prepare to defend this country and the values on which it was founded from foreign or domestic threats.  They are the Minute Men of the 21st century.  Patriots may or may not be survivalists, but in our experience, there is often some overlap.  Not all survivalists are patriots, but many patriots are survivalists.
  • People who are self sufficient often live well beyond the sidewalks (to borrow a phrase from Countryside Magazine).  They may be off the grid, and are able to live comfortable lives without support from external resources.  Sure, many who are self sufficient go to town regularly, watch satellite TV, use cell phones, and surf the internet, but in a pinch they could survive without using all their modern appliances and machines more easily than most.  People who live a self-sufficient lifestyle may be unintentional survivalists, that is people who can survive a nuclear event, a terrorist attack, or an epidemic because of their isolated location and lack of reliance on outside support.
  • TEOTWAWKI stands for “the end of the world as we know it,” which is a survivalist jargon for a catastrophic disaster that changes the world we live in to such an extent that your every day life changes.  This could be anything from nuclear war to a collapse of our economy. For example, when the Soviet Union collapsed, it was a TEOTWAWKI disaster for many living there.  In general, TEOTWAWKI assumes a disaster that halts international and even interstate commerce, results in a disruption of utilities, and possibly a discontinuation of our government.
  • WTSHTF is another common survivalist abbreviation.  It stands for when the sh*t hits the fan.  Also sometimes referred to as when the balloon goes up.   In other words, the point in time in which things went from normal to all fouled up.