My Dirt Time The Adventures of Tom Sciacca

Survival, the Everlasting Gift


Whether earthquake in the West, hurricane in the South, blizzard in the Northeast, tornado in the Midwest, car breakdown or power outage, those who’ve experienced emergency know the only thing worse is worrying about the survival of loved ones. Recent disasters and potential disasters -- from Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Rita to avian flu and the latest warnings from members of the former 9-11 commission -- underscore that preparedness can literally make the difference between life and death.

In a disaster, help could take days or weeks to arrive due to damaged roads, gas, water, electric, phone, and medical services. The government may be overwhelmed and critical supplies unavailable to loved ones needing food, water, first aid supplies, warmth and shelter. Hurricane Katrina alone forced up to a million residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to evacuate, depriving them of life’s necessities.

“Your family will cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes,” states a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) brochure. When loved ones fail to prepare for disaster, a gift of emergency kits or emergency supplies could save their lives.

According to FEMA and the American Red Cross, a basic disaster kit should include at least: a three-day supply of food and water (one gallon of water per person, per day); a first aid kit and manual; tools; matches; sanitation and hygiene items; extra clothing and blankets; flashlight and portable radio with batteries; kitchen accessories and cooking utensils; cash, coins, credit cards, photo ID, and special items.

Food requiring no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking is best. The MRE, or “Meal Ready to Eat” - a staple of US military and rescue operations for decades - is a popular way to provide survival food supplies. “Because the MRE is pre-cooked, it’s ready to eat right from the pouch,” says Thomas Sciacca, a former marine, outdoorsman, and President of “Unlike freeze dried alternatives, the MRE is designed to retain moisture, gravy, and sauces with maximum nutrition, variety, and a five to ten year shelf life.”

A more complete disaster kit includes additional items such as a compass, fire extinguisher, rain gear, portable heater and stove, sleeping bags or tent. Where water quality is suspect, bottled water or water purification is recommended.

Since evacuation or travel may be necessary, it’s also wise to include emergency supplies or survival supplies in each car, as well as the office, school, or wherever significant time is spent, suggests Sciacca. The best kits are lightweight, avoid duplication, and suited to the users and environment used in.

While emergency kits and survival supplies can be assembled one item at a time, Sciacca understands that few people do an adequate job of it. “Items get left out, scattered or need to be replaced,” he explains.

Sciacca designed as a one stop shop for survival supplies and emergency supplies - from pocket sized kits to The SuperArk, from family first aid supplies to organization-sized trauma kits, from rain ponchos to solar powered wind up radio. E-Gift Certificates are available, along with same, next day, and international delivery. For free Disaster Analysis and promotional pricing, visit

For more info, visit; email; call 800-537-1339, x222; or Fax 315-592-4796.


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My name is Tom Sciacca, owner and president of As a camper, hunter and former Marine, I have a great love of the outdoors. Unfortunately, I don’t get out as much as I would like and often forget to take pictures. However, this site is dedicated to some of my outdoor adventures.