Survival Acronyms


  • Stop
  • Think
  • Observe
  • Plan


(US Army)

  • Size up the situation.
  • Undue haste makes waste.
  • Remember were you are.
  • Vanquish fear and panic.
  • Improvise.
  • Value living.
  • Act like the natives.
  • Live by your wits.



(Alaska Marine Safety Education Association.)

  • Know and recognize
  • Inventory
  • Shelter
  • Signal
  • Water
  • Eat
  • Play


Other Survival Terms and Acronyms

T.E.O.T.W.A.W.K.I. (The End Of The World As We Know It) pronounced toat-wa-key is an acronym first coined by Mike Medintz on misc.survivalism in the mid-1990s.

WTSHTF: (When the Shit Hits the Fan) A term used to describe disaster situations.

SHTF: (Shit Hits the Fan)

BOB: (Bug-out bag) A bag with important documents, and emergency items for a quick evacuation when the SHTF.

G.O.O.D. : Get Out of Dodge. Evacuating in an emergency; getting out of the city. Acronym coined by James Wesley Rawles

Polly: A person who is in denial about the disruption that could be caused by a large scale disaster.

Prepper: Is often interchanged with the term survivalist. It refers to being prepared or making preparations. Prepper's usually prepare for the unexpected by stocking food and supplies; they also prepare by learning how to live from the land.

EOTW: End of the world


Survival Sayings

Coral Snake: “Red and Yellow, Kill a Fellow”

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, & Poison Sumac: “Berries White Poisonous Site, Leaflets Three Let it be”

Other Helpful Information

The universal sign for help is things in 3’s (3 fires, 3 honks, 3 taps).

The universal sign for someone choking is hands crossed grasping their throat.

If someone is hurt always check the area for danger first, and then treat them for shock (in most cases do not move them unless necessary)