Survival Planning – OPSEC

I think at this point there should be something said about a term called OPSECOPSEC is a shortened version of saying ‘operational security’.  As a prepper you certainly should practice a level of OPSEC, meaning you want to keep your survival preparations mostly to yourself and talk it to anybody and everybody you meet.

The reason for this is that things can go wrong, and when they do you want to make sure that all your time and money spent on making yourself prepared is done to your own benefit.  For example, let’s say you have stocked up your home with enough emergency food and water to keep your family of four comfortable for ten days of a green level event.  How long do you think your food and water is going to last if twenty people that you mentioned your prepping plans to decide to come asking for handouts? Continue reading “Survival Planning – OPSEC”

Survival Planning – ‘Event’ Color Code System

 

An event is what most preppers term as the reason we may find ourselves in a survival situation such as a pandemic, hurricane, ice storm, etc…

An “event” is also used in conjunction with a color code system used to define the length of time a survival situation may last.

Green Event – lasting up to 10 days.  Typically this kind of event can be handled by hunkering down inside your home.  Such as riding out flooding from a hurricane, or waiting for the power company to restore electric power after an ice storm that brought down the power lines.   This is the most common event duration to be prepared for, and how you go about preparing for such an event can Continue reading “Survival Planning – ‘Event’ Color Code System”

Some Basic Terminology

 

Below are some basic terms I have come across other preppers using.  Some of these words and others may appear from time to time in some of the blogs.  On occasion I will go back and update this blog with additional terms.

 

Big One – see TEOTWAWKI.  The “big one”.

BOB – Bug Out Bag.  Used to store a supply of readily available supplies that you can grab at a moments notice if you need to leave your home in a hurry, as in right now!

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – A government agency under the Department of Health and Human Services.  It works to protect the public health by providing information to enhance health decisions, and it promotes health through partnerships with state health departments and other organizations.  They have now even turned to the zombie apocalypse as a ways of enticing people to be more prepared for emergencies.

Channelized Areas – In the case of an event where an entire city was to be evacuated, channelized areas are the most likely routes people would take; major roadways, railways, riverways, etc…

Dirty Bomb – A radiological weapon that utilizes conventional explosives for the purpose of exposing the immediate area to radioactive particles.

EMP – Electromagnetic Pulse.  Capable of knocking out electronic equipment permanently. Continue reading “Some Basic Terminology”