five basic needs: 1) food, 2) water, 3) shelter, 4) security, and 5) energy
I post my blog each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, most of the time before noon (PST). Monday and Wednesday I discuss a prepper topic, or a prepping learning experience I’ve had, or a product review. Friday’s is “What I Did This Week To Prep”.
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BOB: Bug Out Bag. aka 72 hour kit.
BOL: Bug Out Location. Where you go in a disaster if you have to leave your primary residence.
CDC: the Center for Disease Control.
CFL bulbs: Compact Fluorescent Lamp, low energy bulbs (about 20% power requirement of standard bulbs)
DOD: Department of Defense
FAK: First Aid Kit
FDA: Food and Drug Administration
FEMA: the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
HVAC/R: Heating, Ventilation, Air-Condition, Refrigeration (RE: my friend Rick)
LTS: Long Term Storage. Food that when correctly stored will last 10 years or longer.
MZBs: Mutant Zombie Bikers. Used in David Crawford’s’ book, Lights Out, is a generic term used to describe the bad guys, who prey on the good guys, in a collapse world.
OTC: Over-the-counter medications (non-prescription)
SHTF: Shit Hits The Fan. The world has blown up, literally or figuritively.
SHYF: Shit Hits Your Fan. Your world has blown up.
SLEP: Shelf Life Extension Program. A joint DOD and FDA program to test if medications will last longer than their stated expiration date. Results showed that about 90% of the medications were safe and effective as far as 15 years past their expiration date.
SODIS: Solar water Disinfection. Exposing clear bottled water to direct sunlight for 6 hours.
SWYE: Store What You Eat. Short-term food storage.
TEOTWAWKI: The end of the world as we know it. (Pronounced: ti.ɑt.wɑk.i) Total SHTF. Popularized by R.E.M.’s song of the same name.
TSP: Jack Spirko’s The Survival Podcast.
Y2K: year 2000. On January 1, 2000 there was a fear computers that had been programed with a two digit year dating system would think when the year flipped from ’99 to ’00 that it would now be the year 1900 and all time sensitive information could me messed up.
Collapse: The situation the world will be in after a big SHTF or TEOTWAWKI scenario; modern society, infrastructure, and systems as we know it will no longer exist
Conversions of Common Measurements
1 quart (qt) = 0.94 liters (l)
1 gallon (gal) = 3.78 l
1 mile (mi) = 1.60 kilometers (km)
1 km = 0.62 mi
1 yard (yd) = 0.91 meters (m)
1 m = 39.37 inches (in)
fahrenheit to celsius: C = (F-32) x 5/9
celsius to fahrenheit: F = C x 9/5 + 32
body temperature F = 98.6 degrees / C = 37 degrees
water per gallon = 8.3 pounds
gasoline per gallon = 6.1 pounds
- January 23, 2012 – A big thanks today to Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy from the Doom and Bloom Hour for mentioning TraceMyPreps on their podcast on 1/22/12. On 1/23/12 I had the most hits ever on my site!
- January 11, 2012 – Today when Sarah wrote her first post What Do You Think About All This? – A Prepper’s Wife’s Point of View, we had the most views ever (for a single day)! Also, with her help, we went over 5000 total blog hits!
- November 23, 2011 – Today we had our 2000th blog hit. That was pretty cool.
- September 27, 2011 – I want to thank my wife, Sarah, for the incredible job she did creating my new ‘prep shield’ header graphic. It wasn’t easy getting a loose idea in my head into a finished computer image, but she was patient with me and I love the way it came out. If the image symbolism doesn’t make sense to you, start by rereading ‘Aesop on Prepping‘. The lightning bolt illustrates how quickly and without warning our lives can change or a disaster could strike. The red symbolizes courage and sacrifice. I believe the shield speaks for itself.