#10 can

The term “#10” does not mean that the contents will weigh 10 pounds, the #10 refers to the type of can. The actual weight and volume of the contents will vary depending on the product. On average, the #10 can will hold 109 oz. To help you visualize, your average soup can is #2 can.

72 Hour Kit

A 72 Hour Kit is an ensemble of tools and supplies needed to sustain life, minimize suffering, maintain dignity and independence, and facilitate appropriate actions in an emergency requiring evacuation. It’s purpose to help you survive until rescue can reach you.

Alpha Strategy

(investment) Alpha, often considered the active return on an investment, gauges the performance of an investment against a market index or benchmark that is considered to represent the market’s movement as a whole. The excess return of an investment relative to the return of a benchmark index is the investment’s alpha.

(preparedness) A survival strategy, which involves hoarding and storing extra
supplies for the intention of barter or charitable contribution in
the event of a catastrophic event.


A bugout bag or BOB is a portable kit that normally contains the items one would help you evacuate from a disaster, to get someplace where you can help yourself.

It’s purpose is to help you GET OUT of a disaster.

See Also: 72 Hour Kit, Get Home Bag


To ‘bug outmeans that you leave your current position (typically your home) and retreat to somewhere else in the case of an emergency or disaster.


More simply put, it’s a vehicle to bug out with.It might be stocked with extra fuel, supplies, and be chosen because it has four wheel drive etc.


A member of a caravan, a seasonal worker, a full time working traveller. A person who is On The Road in a group.

Class papers

Refers to getting accepted at a college, with the purpose of getting a work visa. Or taking a night school class in winter. (Caravaner term)


Everyday carry (EDC) or every-day carry are useful items that are consistently carried on person every day. The main reasons for having EDC are utility and preparedness; to help individuals overcome simple everyday problems, and to prepare someone for unexpected and possibly dangerous situations.


An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is an intense burst of electromagnetic (EM) energy caused by an abrupt, rapid acceleration of charged particles, usually electron s. An EMP can contain energy components over a large part of the EM spectrum , from very-low-frequency ( VLF ) radio to ultraviolet ( UV ) wavelength s.


Fiat money is government-issued currency that is not backed by a physical commodity, such as gold or silver, but rather by the government that issued it.

Get Home Bag

The term Get Home Bag often describes a backpack that’s pre-stocked with a few essential survival foods, water and small survival tools in the event of a disaster where a fast evacuation is called for. It’s purpose is to Get You Home, so that you can than get your Bug Out Bag or stay in place.


Descriptive referring to 1960’s countercultural lifestyle, derogatory when used by non-Rainbows, often to anachronize Rainbows. Also used among Rainbows as familiar greeting or self-descriptive. Hippy: A person with a counterculture lifestyle.


The Meal, Ready-to-Eat – commonly known as the MRE – is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging bought by the U.S. Department of Defense for its service members for use in combat or other field conditions where organized food facilities are not available.

off the grid

(preparedness) The term “off the grid” refers to living autonomously without reliance on a utility for power. Offgrid living is often ideal for rural locations where there is a lack of reliable grid access. Offgrid homes will require alternative power options like solar energy.

(privacy) Off The Grid can also mean, not having any social networking accounts, or fix address. Making it hard or impossible for the government to track you.


a person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies. Preppers are different than Survivalists in the sense that preppers are more likely to prepare for disasters that are local or personally related to themselves, for example a person who lives near a forest might prepare for forest fires, another for earthquakes. Whereas Survivalists tend to prepare for world wide war.

Rule of Three

A prepping term to describe how humans can live only three
minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks
without food. Preppers and survivalists have expanded the
definition to include shelter (humans can live only three hours of
harsh weather exposure without shelter).


people compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led.


S.H.T.F. literally means “Shit Hits the Fan” (or “stuff hits the fan” if you prefer a term less vulgar). Whichever you prefer we all know how messy such an occurrence would be. When the S.H.T.F., it means that something has taken a turn for the worse.


A very sensitive person. Someone who is easily hurt or offended by the statements or actions of others.

Stone Soup

A soup made with whatever could be found.


The End Of The World As We Know It.

Three S’s

Shoot, Shovel, and Shut Up.


Without Rule of Law.