5 things you need to pack before a storm

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - We're right in the heart of hurricane season and while there isn't a named storm heading our way at the moment, it's never too early to prepare. We've got the top 5 things you need at the top of your list.

1. Canned goods and a manual can opener

Can Opener

Now everyone knows in a natural disaster that canned fruits, vegetables and even things like canned beans are great for you. Not only do they have things like fiber, vitamins, and nutrients to help your body, but due to the canning process, they’re going to last a very long time.

Here’s the kicker though: Is your can opener electric? If so, you’re probably not going to be using it so pick a manual set.

2. Paper Products

Paper Products

When prepping your meals, washing dishes may not be possible so paper products like paper plates, cutlery and paper towels are going to come in handy for easy disposal. Another paper product you don't want to forget: toilet paper for when nature calls.

3. Batteries (big and small)

Batteries

One of the most important things you’re going to need in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane is power and if you don’t have a generator, you’re going to be relying on batteries to get you through the day.

Not only are they going to be powering the flashlights you’re using to see at night, but they’re going to be powering other things as well that you’ll have to remember. For example, don’t forget to stock up on your hearing aid batteries if that’s one of the things you use.

4. Water

Bottled Water

The most important thing, and everybody pretty much knows this, is you want to have drinking water on hand but what everybody doesn’t really know is how much do you need?

The American Red Cross recommends that you have one gallon, per person, per day in the event of a natural disaster. So that means a family of four, over five days is going to need 20 gallons of water.

5. Cash is King

ATM

When the power is out, credit cards and ATMs are a no-go so cash is a must have. Always keep a handy amount ready to go in case the storm fallout lasts longer than you anticipated and you need to get more supplies or fill up your gas tank.

BONUS: 6. Gasoline

Gas

In the few days before a storm's arrival make sure your gas tank is filled completely to ensure your ready to leave in case an evacuation order is given. By already having gas in the tank, you can avoid the long lines at the station and hit the road as soon as possible.