Milk in the Emergency Kit

I work for a publishing company. I’m an editor. What we publish (and what I edit) often covers topics like emergency planning and pandemic planning.

But on the home front, I can’t say I think very often about emergency planning. I know where the flashlights, extra batteries and candles are. But beyond that, except for a couple of scary times when I have watched too much late night news following a natural disaster in another part of the world, I haven’t really thought of preparing for an emergency right here at home.

Not good.

Given the way the world is going, it’s only a matter of time before we are all faced with an emergency that requires that we look after ourselves until the appropriate rescue can be put into play.

So I asked Mr. Google and he directed me to the Government of Canada Get Prepared website. And according to that site, this is what you should put in a basic emergency kit:

  • Water – two litres per person per day
  • Food that won’t spoil such as energy bars, dried foods, canned foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Wind-up or battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Cash
  • Specialty needs such as medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
  • Emergency plan that includes in-town and out-of-town contact information

The kit should be easy to carry in case you have to travel.

All those items are great. Something else you can now include in your emergency kit is shelf safe milk. It’s a great way to provide a nutritious, protein-packed beverage anytime, without worrying about spoilage. Milk Unleashed has a month’s worth of tips for preparing for an emergency. (Francais)

Shelf safe milk is Grade A, nutritious real milk that is ultra pasteurized and packaged in a Tetra Pak carton (like a juice box or carton of soup). It will keep for six to nine months without refrigeration and is much tastier than powdered milk (especially the flavoured milks).

Milk Unleashed suggests people use daylight savings time in the spring and fall as a reminder to replace the water, the food the and shelf safe milk in their emergency supply kit. Plus, check the expiration dates of any food, infant formula and over the counter medicines.

And with the yummy flavours available, the little treat just might calm kids down in an emergency situation.

Tetra Pak Milk


5 thoughts on “Milk in the Emergency Kit

    1. Michelle Parkin

      Yes, absolutely. My parents discovered “long-life” milk in Britain back in the 1970s! Coming from the tropics they were very impressed with milk that didn’t need refrigerating. Tetra packs may not be enviro-correct but when the power’s gone are so great. In the tropics we depend on canned evaporated milk but if clean water was an issue this would be better.

      1. Nancy Post author

        Yeah, the white milk is just like regular milk; no difference. I always keep a large Tetra Pak on hand in the pantry in case we run out of fresh milk and can’t get to the store because, you know, life takes over. 😉 There are other flavours along the chocolate lines that taste similar to the chocolate bar flavoured milks you can get.

  1. dusterbed

    That’s a really smart idea. Water and protein bars are all well and good – but milk is natural (and good for kids!). I’ve been meaning to make one of these emergency preparedness kits forever – thanks for providing a link!


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