Yes, the restaurant Waffle House - a popular Southern breakfast chain akin to IHOP - has activated its "storm center" to monitor Hurricane Florence. Because of the company's close watch on natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dubbed the term the "Waffle House Index" as a means of determining the effect of a storm on an area. During Hurricane Harvey, Waffle House sent managers from Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia to help out in Houston - "in some cases doing the shifts of storm-stranded local employees". "Plan ahead and be safe", they tweeted.
Waffle Houses are known for staying open 24/7, including during a hurricane. However, The Post would like you to know that waiting to leave until Waffle House closes is not the recommended practice for storm planning. FEMA has since developed a color-coded system that is dependent on Waffle House's status.
Waffle House is used as an example of how quickly a business, and therefore a community, may recover from a storm.
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When it comes to surveying storm damage, the federal government even unofficially turns to Waffle House with the "Waffle House Index". "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". If there were a Waffle House in London during The Blitz that bad boy would have been taking orders for steak and eggs in between bursts of anti-aircraft fire.
If the diner is only serving a limited menu, it tells FEMA there may be supply or power issues in an area.
Many from the South decide how severe a storm is and if it warrants evacuation based on if Waffle House shuts its doors or not, and on Wednesday it appears some have ahead of Florence. Waffle House is one of few businesses that usually remains open during natural disasters. We call it red. "If they're green, we're good, keep going". "The bigger question is how long restaurants may be closed and how much damage that may occur if they're in the direct path of the storm".