How the Waffle House is used to determine a hurricane’s fury


Waffle House will literally serve you food even if it has no power or has to run its restaurant on a generator, and chances are half the time that "generator" is just a cook standing out back, smoking a cigarette and turning a hand crank.

With 1,500 locations, mainly across the South and along the Gulf Coast, that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, it's a big deal when Waffle House closes its doors.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses the Waffle House Index as a metric of how well a community will recover after a storm.

The restaurant chain appears to be taking the job seriously, activating its own storm center as Hurricane Florence approaches. They also tweeted a cheeky message to the storm itself: "Kiss my grits!" That includes staying open during natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence.

You may be wondering why in the world is Waffle House in the disaster management business?

The "Waffle House Index" isn't as well known as some of your favorite rhymes, but it is fairly reliable.

The FEMA website describes how the Waffle House Index works: "If a Waffle House store is open and offering a full menu, the index is green".

"The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-open, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again - signalling a stronger recovery for that community,"FEMA said in a blog post in 2011".

The idea of closing a restaurant, though, is foreign to Waffle House employees. If locations in the affected area are forced to close, the index is red - and because Waffle Houses are very prepared, this is the rarest scenario. Opened and serving a limited menu, that's yellow.

Waffle House said on Twitter that its "Storm Center" was monitoring Hurricane Florence, which is expected to hit the coast between North Carolina and SC late Thursday or early Friday and could impact 230 of its restaurants. You have not any longer came upon the deplorable stuff but."Waffle Condo spokesman Pat Warner talked about Fugate came up with the check for the length of the 2004 typhoon season in Florida". We have 250 restaurants, and we are monitoring resources so they can roll in right after the storm.



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