SMART Rain-tarp (for Shelter & Water)

When providing emergency shelter and clean drinking water following a Natural Disaster, aid agencies often leave behind a long-term 'man-made' Ecological Disaster of plastic trash. Fortunately, we now have an ecologically safe and cost effective solution available for disaster response providers.

Richard Hackett
President of Sea Mercy

SMART Disaster Response

Providing renewable drinking water (and shelter) without damaging the environment!

On the 2,400+ remote islands spread across the South Pacific, up to 80% of all drinking water comes from water catchment (rain collected from their roofs into storage tanks). When Cyclones strike, not only are their fragile homes destroyed, but also their primary source of clean drinking water.

The long-term goal following a cyclone is to deliver the roofing tin and lumber to rebuild homes and water catchment tanks, however the logistics of such efforts can create delays of 12+ months. In the interim, remote islanders are at extreme health risks from cholera, dysentery and other waterborne illnesses from drinking contaminated surface water filled with feces and bacteria. To address those needs, international aid agencies and local governments ship thousands of emergency ‘single use’ plastic bottles of water to each affected community. Although it meets the emergency water needs, it unfortunately replaces a natural disaster with a long-term ecological disaster leaving massive amounts of leftover plastic trash that destroys their reefs and oceans.

Plastic Invasion! To meet healthy hydration (water) needs*, a family of 4 without a water catchment source would need the following number of plastic bottles delivered:

Time Period: # of 1-liter plastic bottles needed:
One Day 12 bottles
One Week 84 bottles
One Month 360 bottles
6 Months 2,160 bottles

* MayoClinic article from September 6, 2017

Fortunately, we now have a better way to deliver shelter and renewable clean drinking water without the unwanted flow of plastic.

Sea Mercy All-purpose Rainwater Tarp (SMART)*

Designed & Produced by DRIFTA Camping & 4wd

* Patent Pending

Emergency Shelter and Renewable Drinking Water

Imagine the logistical savings in precious fuel and disaster aid space if the first delivery by a disaster response transport vessel was two lightweight containers per family. Containers that would provide each family with emergency shelter, eliminate their ongoing drinking water needs and allow all future transport efforts to focus on delivering valuable supplies to rebuild their homes and communities (instead of water). That is a SMART solution.

Finding a hole in your tarp is generally a bad thing. However, the two perfectly placed drain/catchment holes (and guttering guides) at the lower sides of the patented SMART kit allows us to effectively catch and store fresh rainwater in our twin tanks and bladders, yet leaving plenty of headroom.

When it comes to shelter, the exceptionally warm and wet weather in the South Pacific means staying dry is the path to staying warm (airflow is a blessing). The SMART kit can be setup quickly (less than 30 minutes) and can be quickly torn down and put away for safe keeping should another cyclone be in the forecast.

Each SMART kit can store over 500 liters of clean rainwater water for drinking (41 days of water for a family of 4). The tarp area provides over 10 square meters of water catchment capacity and as little as 10 mils of rain (1/2 inch) can collect and store over 110 liters of drinking water.

Our connecting hoses and hand pump system is durable and effective in all areas of water storage and transfer needs. We make getting the water out of the storage bladders and into a cup or pan just as easy as it went in and our sealed connectors help keep contaminants from entering the system.

The SMART kit is comprehensive and durable. Every component was researched and designed to work in the most challenging conditions. Having matching components (twins) throughout the product provides an effective level of redundancy.

The need for SMART kits

Thousands of homes were destroyed by Cyclone Winston (Fiji) in 2016. Almost three years later, many of the 'remote' island homes have yet to be rebuilt. The more populated 'primary' islands can deliver recovery aid by road or plane, therefore Sea Mercy focuses our disaster response efforts on the more challenging 'at risk' remote islands. Our initial goal is to have over 500 SMART kits produced and staged for immediate delivery at our secure Sea Mercy Fiji facilities. It will be a challenge to get to 500, but with your help we believe it is achievable.

Please Email us with any questions!

Donate for a SMART Kit Today!

As a non-profit charity, Sea Mercy can only build as many SMART kits* as there are donations available. We've made donating easy and tax deductible for our USA and Australian friends (working on establishing charities in other parts of the world). When you select one of the donate buttons, you will be able to chose from four donation option amounts:

SMART Kit Donation Options US/AUD Dollars:
Donate a SMART kit $1,215 US / $1,690 AUD
Donate for half of a Smart kit $610 US / $845 AUD
Donate for a quarter of a Smart kit $305 US / $423 AUD
Donate whatever amount you wish $ US / $ AUD

* For an additional $150 donation on orders of 2 or more SMART Kits, we can add your brand/logo onto the each tarp.

USA & Non-Australian International donors

Please use this donate button (only USA donations are tax deductible):





Australian donors

Please use this donate button for tax deductible donations:






SMART Kit Cost Breakdown

Our SMART kits can be built individually to order (when funds are available) for the below costs. As with most products, with larger orders our costs are lower.

Items: Approximate per unit costs in US/AUD Dollars:
Labour/Admin $230 US / $321 AUD
Parts/Supplies $910 US / $1,269 AUD
Legal Fees $75 US / $100 AUD
Total Unit Cost $1,215 US / $1,690 AUD
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