I can still smell it…It haunts me. Never again do I want to be subjected to the smell of rotting food in my freezer after returning home from evacuation.

Here is tip that was passed to me:
To prepare your freezer before leaving for a hurricane or severe weather, put all of your freezer items into black plastic bags. Tie the bags and place them back into the freezer. Put a Dixie cup of water in the freezer, let it freeze and then put a penny on top of it.

When you return, if the penny has dropped to the bottom and been re-frozen you would know that your power had gone out.You can then discard the black bags and save your freezer or refrigerator.

Hopefully we will not have to deal with this again. Better safe than sorry.