Waffle House: smothered, covered, and storm ready

A Waffle House

If a Waffle House is closed because there's a disaster, it's bad.

FEMA's Dan Stoneking wrote a 2011 blog on the government agency's website that talked about the intricacies of the Waffle House system.

So remember, if you're in the middle of a natural disaster but you see an open Waffle House, you're actually completely and totally safe, and you should go have some waffles.

"If we are open quickly after a storm, that means the community is coming back and folks are out, we are getting back to that sense of normalcy", Warner said.

Waffle House actually has its own "Storm Center", which it activated on Tuesday to monitor Hurricane Florence. "After a storm, they're of route having a perceive to us to be there to inspire them out resulting from they're archaic to us being there the reduction of the year."Waffle House is headquartered in Georgia, and has extra than 2,000 intelligent areas, majority within the South".

In order to remain open during risky conditions, Waffle House plans carefully - and in advance - for each storm. Since Waffle House is so prepared for disasters, the index doesn't turn red very often.


If the diner is only serving a limited menu, it tells FEMA there may be supply or power issues in an area.

With Hurricane Florence barreling towards the east coast, the Waffle House is one of the countless businesses and agencies keeping a pulse on the storm.

FEMA cautioned against taking the Waffle House Index too seriously, however. "The sooner intelligent areas, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-originate, the sooner native economies will originate up producing income all all over again - signaling a sturdy restoration for that personnel."In a 2016 interview with NPR, Fugate described how FEMA applied the Waffle Condo check". The store is open and offering a full menu, that's green.

In Myrtle Beach, the Waffle House location on Frontage Road posted a sign on the front door that the location would be closed.

"They know immediately which stores are going to be affected and they call their employees to know who can show up and who cannot", Panos Kouvelis, Ph.D., the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management and director of the Olin's Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Manufacturing, explained to EHS Today. From Titusville to Fort Pierce, Florida, every Waffle House was closed as operations became too hard to continue.

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