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

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A social media post dishing out some unusually helpful preparation advice for the Florida hurricane is quickly going viral.
Hurricane Matthew is expected to ravage parts of Florida’s northeast coast with high winds and flooding. According to, the rainfall has the potential to wreak havoc on Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina.
Wind gusts up to 107 mph have been recorded at Cape Canaveral, Florida, invoking a rare “esteem wind warning” throughout many parts of the Southeast.
Sheila Pulanco Russell from Lumberton, North Carolina, posted an ingenious tip on Facebook for avoiding food contamination:
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 more than 134,000 reactions, over 265,000 shares and almost 8,000 comments since Oct. 5.
Hurricane Matthew is expected to devastate east-central, northeastern Florida throughout the evening of Oct. 7; the Georgia coast the evening of Oct. 7 through the morning on Oct. 8; South Carolina Oct. 8 well into the evening; North Carolina (mainly south) from Oct. 8 through early Oct. 9.
The storm was blamed for the deaths of over 800 people in Haiti; Jacksonville, Florida, is expected to bear the most damage from the storm.
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