Here’s a tip from my book
that I thought would be good to resurface during hurricane season.
To help determine whether your freezer thawed (or partially thawed) during a power outage, freeze a cup of water, place a quarter on top of it, and place it in the freezer. After a storm, when the power is restored, check the cup. If the quarter is unmoved, the freezer is safe. If it’s partially submerged, you had some thawing, but the freezer contents are likely still safe. If the quarter is at the bot- tom, you had a significant failure and the freezer’s contents are likely spoiled. By the way, if you do end up with a fridge or freezer full of spoiled food, check your homeowner’s insurance policy. Spoiled food is usually covered (if not the result of flooding).