A useful hurricane preparedness tip posted on Facebook in 2016 is making a resurgence as the east coast, North Carolina in particular, braces for Hurricane Florence.
Originally intended for Hurricane Matthew, Sheila Pulanco Russell of Lumberton, North Carolina, posted the advice in October 2016 and it has racked up more than 400,000 shares.
The tip is simple but effective: If you have to evacuate your home, stick a glass filled with water in your freezer. Once the water is completely frozen, place a quarter on top of it. This way, if your home loses power during the hurricane, when you return home you’ll be able to gauge whether or not the food in your refrigerator is still good.
As Sheila explained:
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.
Here’s the original Facebook post:
And here it is more recently on Twitter:
#HurricaneFlorence Tip from Judy Boehm:
If you evacuate, put a quarter on top of a paper cup of frozen water in freezer. If coin in bottom when u return throw out entire fridge food, FEMA will usually reimburse.
— Amanda Robertson (@AmandaShouting) September 11, 2018
Once again, people were thankful for the tip:
Hurricane Florence is no joke. Officials have referred to it as a “Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast.”
According to CNN:
Florence, one of the strongest storms on the Eastern Seaboard in decades, is a strong Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph. It is predicted to deliver tropical-storm-force winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina’s coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper was clear in his warning:
You put your life at risk by staying.
People expressed plenty of gratitude for the timeless tip:
Despite the seriousness of the impending hurricane, someone threw in one joke for good measure:
Are you in the pathway of Hurricane Florence? Check out this extensive pamphlet (downloadable PDF) on hurricane safety, preparedness, and survival from FEMA.