Thursday, January 22, 2015

Acronyms & Survival

  1. An acronym is an abbreviation formed from the initial components in a phrase or a word. Usually these components are individual letters  or parts of words or names.
  2. So, working for the government, I am used to peppering my speech with acronyms, most incomprehensible to the normal world. On the other hand I am continually stumped by the ones I come across on Facebook or even texted to me by my own kids.
  3. I thought I would share one I recently found.
  4. If you're a reader of romance novels, especially contemporary, you've no doubt come across BOB-battery operated boyfriend. Dildo, phallus, vibrator, you name it. 
  5. Researching information I've also come to find out it has another meaning.
  6. BOB-bug out bag.
  7. What? You don't know what that is? I did, I just hadn't put a name to it. I tend to think the world as I know it will come to an end sooner rather than later. Of course that will make its way into my books. 
  8. A bug out bag is a portable emergency kit that will help you survive for approximately 72 hours in the event of a disaster. In California we called it an earthquake kit. I made ones specifically for each of my children when they got cars. Not a BOB but an emergency kit. We live in WI so it has an emergency blanket, jumper cables and a portable shovel. Lots of people realize that if a car breaks down you need an emergency kit. Why should you get the hairy eyeball if you have one for survival in the event of other emergency situations?
  9. I think more people have some type of emergency kit available than you'd realize. Maybe not to the extent of a BOB. And I suppose you can add a BOB to a BOB, LOL.
  10. My newest series is actually set in a post-apocalyptic world! I found some interesting sites and joined a couple of FB groups that share information and cater to those who share my views.
  11. Sooner rather than later.
  12. I found a pretty good list at The Gundoc's Doctrine (

  13. FOOD & WATER
    •Minimum of 3600 calories of food per person
    •Minimum of 9 water pouches of water per person
    •Method of water purification (such as potable aqua or a water filter)
    •Additional food & water
    •AM/FM Radio with batteries or alternate power source
    •Whistle with lanyard
    •Cell Phone
    •Flashlight with batteries
    •Lantern and fuel
    •Road Flare(s)
    •Personal Hygiene Kit (Include soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, sanitary napkins, diapers, razor, and other toiletry items)
    •Toilet paper
    •Portable Toilet and accessories
    •50 Feet of Nylon Rope
    •Pocket Knife
    •Rolls of Duct Tape
    •Foldable Shovel
    •Hatchet or axe
    •Sewing Kit
    •Waterproof matches
    •Alternate fire-starting method
    •Solar Emergency Blanket or Emergency Sleeping Bag
    •Hand & Body Warmers
    •Lightweight Stove & Fuel
    •Wool Blanket
    •First Aid Kit and supplies
    •First Aid Booklet/Manual
    •Burn gel and dressing
    •Snake bite kit
    •Insect repellent
    •Sun block
    •Special medication
    •At least $20 in your kit — be sure to include quarters for phone calls
    •Emergency Instructions
    •Copies of documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, wills, insurance forms, phone numbers, credit card infor, etc.
    •Games, books, hard candy, desserts, inspirational reading, small toys, paper & pen, favorite security item for children
    •A complete outfit of appropriate clothing; including extra socks, underwear, hat, sturdy shoes, and gloves.
  14. Other advice comes from The Bugout Bag Academy (


    The first item on your bug out bag list is the bag itself. There are several schools of thought on this topic, of which the two main ones are:
    1)    You should choose the best bag for you
    2)    You should only choose the bag after you have the items
  16. Sounds smart to me. How will you know what size bag to get until you have your items assembled? Not to mention, you have to be able to carry it!
  17. Here is the list from the academy:
  18. The important thing to know is, you’ll want enough food to last three days at least.
    • Drinking Water (3 Liters)
    • Collapsible Water Bottle
    • Hard Water Bottle
    • Metal Water Bottle / Canteen
    • Water Filters / Purification Systems
    • Water Purification Tablets (Qty 3)
    • Protein / Energy Bars (Qty 6)
    • MREs / Dehydrated Meals (Qty 3)
    • Spork
    • P-38 Can Opener
    • Metal Cooking Pot
    • Metal Cup
    • Pot Scrubber
    • Portable Stove
    • Stove Fuel (Qty 8 Tablets)
    • Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt
    • Convertible (Zip-Off) Pants
    • Underwear
    • Wool Hiking Socks (Qty 3 pair)
    • Medium Weight Fleece
    • Hat w/ Flex Brim
    • Working Gloves
    • Rain Poncho
    • Shemagh
    • Tarp
    • Tent
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Ground Pad
    • Wool Blanket
    • Ignition Source (Qty 3)
    • Tinder (Qty 3)
    • Waterproof Storage
    • First Aid Kit
    • Insect Repellant
    • Mylar Survival Blanket
    • Wet Napkins
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • All-Purpose Camp Soap
    • Hygiene/Signal Mirror
    • Small Pack Towel
    • Travel Toilet Paper (Qty 2)
    • Survival Knife
    • Multi-Tool
    • Machete
    • LED Headlamp
    • Mini LED Keychain
    • Light Glowstick
    • Mini LED Light
    • Candles
    • Batteries
    • Cell Phone (unless of course an EMP is the cause because it might now work then)
    • Crank Power Charger
    • Emergency Radio with Hand Crank
    • $500 Minimum in Small Bills
    • Quarters (Qty 8)
    • Gold / Silver Bullion Coins
    • Local Area Map
    • Compass
    • Small Note Pad / Pencil
    • Emergency Whistle
    • Pepper Spray
    • Handgun
    • Takedown rifle
    • Ammunition (Qty 25 rnds minimum)
    • 550 Parachute Cord (50′)
    • Cotton Bandana
    • Duct Tape (25’)
    • 55 Gal. Contractor Garbage Bag (Qty 2)
    • Resealable Bags (Qty 5, Various Sizes)
    • Sunglasses
    • N95 Face Mask
    • Sewing Kit
    • Latex Tubing (3’)
    • Fishing Kit
    • Condoms (Non-lubricated)
    • Binoculars (Optional)
    • Face Paint
    • Military Surplus Survival / Snare Wire
Okay, I don't know what a Shemagh is but you can bet I'll be looking it up!

The EMP line is my input, LOL. 
EMP-Electro Magnetic Pulse. This could wipe out all technology if it happens. Really, it will. Check out the many disaster movies that prove it!

Now, these are not set in stone! Just suggested items and as you can see they are similar but not identical. The main agreement seems to be to have food and water available. If you have to dig in where you are, in the event of an emergency remember to fill your tub and sinks full of water. Water is essential.

Wonder what I think the world will be like? Check out my new series coming later this year.
A Dragon's Fated Heart series.

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