Terminology

When it comes to the subject of survival and preparations you’ll see Urban Survival or Preparedness, City or Town Survival, Suburban Survival for the non-remote style areas of preparedness. Basically these are synonymous terms except when it comes to location such as being in a large city or in the suburbs of the city.


If something happens and you live in the suburbs you have a possible edge when it comes to leaving the affected area because you are not in the heart of the city to begin with. There are other differences as well.


Then there are the remote area types of survival such as Wilderness Survival, Jungle Survival, Bush Survival, Desert Survival, Arctic Survival, Coastal Survival as well as Survival at Sea. For this type of survival preparedness one can combine where appropriate, Modern Survival techniques in combination with Primitive Living Skills techniques which generally equals the modern definition of Bushcraft.


Go for the modern but having primitive skills as a backup can possibly save your life in a given situation, and this includes an urban survival scenario as well.


For more information about terminology please have a look at the Glossary page.


Or if you prefer you can begin by reading the Urban Preparedness page and continue on from there.

The Term 'Survival'

The word 'survival' tends to conjure up images or thoughts of commando or Rambo-ish behaviors, but survival is simply a term used to denote having the knowledge and skills to keep you and your family safe in an emergency.


It is also a matter of prevention and knowing what to do if an emergency happened.


Don't let the movies or what you may see on the news about ill-minded people who may be called survivalists get to you. Not all who are called survivalists are of that sort of people.


I utilize the term “survival" on this site because it is a popular term you’ll see as you do research on the subject of preparations, particularly for a wilderness setting. The term simply means what it sounds like, to survive your ordeal, to get through it.


Proper preparations will empower you to make wise decisions, and give you the means to accomplish the goals you've set out. You can do more than simply survive, but to a measure thrive if you are properly prepared.


The Canadian government has a series of informative 'Self-Help Advice' brochures to help its citizens prepare for emergencies. One of them is entitled 'Prepare to survive a major Earthquake' (ISBN 0-662-30882-4). On page 4 the word 'survive' and 'survival' is utilized. I'll quote the paragraph here: "No one can predict or prevent an earthquake. When an earthquake strikes, you must be ready to act immediately. To help you survive, you and members of your household should prepare personal and family survival plans now!"


So if you had a problem with the word survive, you shouldn't anymore. Sometimes we need to change our way of thinking in order to learn and to progress.

This website is for people who would like to prepare for emergencies and to awaken in others the need to prepare. Emergencies of various kinds happen regularly around the world and in our communities, and it does not need to be an earthquake to shake our lives but could be something such as a job loss, injury or illness that can shake our stability.

 

The term survivalist has several meanings. Originally it meant an individual or group of individuals that prepare for various types of emergencies, be it natural disasters or man-made as well as for possible collapse of organized government or societal collapse. There are possibilities for each of these scenarios to happen and have throughout history.


The media however in the past decades have hyped up the term survivalist to denote individuals or groups of individuals who isolate themselves from society, have private agendas, and await the fall of the government etc.


This is not the type of mentality that I harbor, and this website is not to provoke fear or unrest in anyone, but simply to help you to prepare for what can happen if an emergency should strike. If the term survival doesn’t appeal to you, then substitute the word “survival” for “preparations” where possible.


This is not a survivalist site, but as mentioned above is to help you to prepare for emergencies of different kinds. I prefer to say here that I seek to live providently and that this website is here to help those who would seek to do likewise.


Life itself is a state of survival when you think about it. We take care to be able to properly clothe ourselves, have a roof over our heads to be protected from the elements, and have food, water and other provisions to be able to live (survive). However, we need to prepare for the in-habitual things that can potentially take us by surprise as well, like floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, job losses, health loss for a member of the family etc. The list goes on but these are all things that can affect our lives if they happen to us, wherever we live, work and play.


Please take the time to go through this website and with a realistic mindset plan and carry out the details which will, as mentioned above, empower you to make wise decisions, and give you the means to accomplish the goals you've set out.

Resources

Food Storage: Mormon Myths, Methods & Shocking LDS Cannery Announcement

A Few Acronyms

BOB : Bug Out Bag
  • Essentially a 72 hour kit. Could be for more than 72 hours.
  • Opposite of GHB except for duration.

PSK: Personal Survival (or Pocket) Kit
  • A small portable kit with very basic supplies for a day or two duration.
  • A smaller version of an EDC.

EDC: Every Day Carry
  • A kit which is a larger version of the PSK.
  • Slightly longer duration than a PSK with a slightly extra measure of comfort, although less than a full-blown 72 hour kit. The duration may be up to a week or so, but with less comfort.

GHB: Get Home Bag
  • A kit to help you to get home from work as an example. This kit is to help you to get to your supplies and place of refuge (home). The supplies are for a duration of approximately 24 - 48 hours.
  • Opposite of BOB except for duration.

G.O.O.D Bag: Get Out Of Dodge Bag
  • Same thing as a 72 hour kit or a BOB.


NOTE:

There may be other acronyms as well, with differences of opinion as to what to put in them as well as for their duration.


Also,

BOL: Bug Out Location

  • Usually it is your place of retreat away from home where you will go to with your 72 hour kit or BOB.


BOV: Bug Out Vehicle

  • Your method of transportation of choice such as a 4 x 4 vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or other method such as an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle). Some people will Bug Out (BO) on foot.


BO: Bug Out

  • To leave the affected area to go to a more secure location.


TEOTWAWKI: The End Of The World As We Know It

  • An acronym used to describe a total breakdown in infrastructure such as electrical, communications, transportation etc.
  • Usually for disaster scenarios of a lengthy period of time.


SHTF: Sh*t Hits The Fan

  • A disaster, whether natural or other such as a terrorist attack, or even a train derailment disrupting an area where it needs to be evacuated as an example.
  • Usually denotes problems of a shorter duration, and could potentially escalate into a TEOTWAWKI.