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Few things are as scary and unpredictable as natural disasters. While all emergencies are terrifying, there’s something about the uncontrollable nature of these disasters that make them especially frightening. Storms to this degree, of any nature, bring up many stressful questions.

How will this natural disaster effect your area? What about your property? Will your friends and family be safe during the storm?

While it’s impossible to know what exactly will result after one of these disasters, the best any of us can do is read up on safety procedures and execute them to the best of our abilities. It always pays off to have some practical knowledge on hand, from the biggest issues to the smallest inconveniences.

When it comes to said inconveniences, nothing is as annoying as trying to guess whether your food has gone bad or not. Often during a huge storm, electricity tends to get blown out, which means that your refrigerator has probably died and left your food to spoil. One of two things will happen: the food will defrost, go bad, then maybe refreeze OR it will stay frozen or refreeze in time to keep the food edible.

In the past it might have been difficult to guess which has happened, but thanks to Ms. Sheila Pulanco Russell from Lumberton, North Carolina, we all can feel a little safer with this practical tip she shared.

Facebook post of quarter on frozen water.Facebook via Sheila Pulcano Russell

Simply titled “The One Cup Tip,” the only things you need are a quarter, a cup of water, and a freezer. Here’s what you’ll need to do to pull off this trick.

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