Before Evacuating During A Hurricane, Put A Quarter In A Cup Of Ice And Put It In The Freezer

A social media post that gave out some unusually clever preparation advice is quickly going viral in light of the storms that recently ripped through the Caribbean and the southern United States.

Hurricane Matthew left a trail of devastation in its wake throughout the aforementioned regions, with places like Haiti being hit especially hard. Massive flooding and strong winds led to incalculable amounts of property damage throughout Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. 

Shiela Pulanco Russell of Lumberton, North Carolina, posted this brilliant tip on Facebook to avoid food contamination in the event that you have to evacuate due to bad weather:

For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It's called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when you come back after you've been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed frozen while you were gone. If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on. If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is for all to be safe.

The post has garnered over 134,000 reactions and 265,000 shares since it was posted. 

Hurricane Matthew hit the Caribbean as a Category 3 and 4 hurricane, before hitting the U.S. on October 8th as a Category 1 hurricane with wind speeds of 75 mph.

Be sure to SHARE this tip with your friends and family.

H/T: JumbleJoy | Sheila Pulanco Russell

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