FEMA monitors Waffle House response to Hurricane Florence

FEMA monitors Waffle House response to Hurricane Florence

FEMA monitors Waffle House response to Hurricane Florence

"The Waffle House Storm Center is activated and monitoring Florence". Known as the "Waffle House Index", FEMA has used the color-coded maps to update the public on how storm conditions are impacting areas since 2004. If they're offering a limited menu, it's yellow. But did you know they're also ranked by something called the Waffle House Index?

Hurricane Florence may be looming ever closer, but for now, Waffle House's hash browns are mostly still sizzling and its eggs are still cracking. The restaurant chain, famous for staying open even through major disasters, seems to have kept the vast majority of its restaurants in operation as the storm approaches.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses the Waffle House Index as a metric of how well a community will recover after a storm. Disaster responders still use this index to this day.

But a FEMA blog post from last September says: "If a Waffle House can serve a full menu, they've likely got power (or are running on a generator)".

As for Thursday's Waffle House status: "We've got teams up and down the coast and in the evacuation markets", Ehmer said. "Plan ahead and be safe", they tweeted.

It's well-known among southerners that if the 24/7/365 restaurants ever close, real danger is afoot, and in advance of Hurricane Florence's landfall, at least two locations - in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Morehead, North Carolina - have closed. "The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can reopen, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again - signaling a strong recovery for a community". "Because Waffle House is well-prepared for disasters... it's rare for the index to hit red". "You haven't found the bad stuff yet", Fugate said on NPR.

Given the southern locations of most Waffle House restaurants, they are vulnerable to hurricanes, tropical storms and flooding rains.

The chain posted a photo on Wednesday of corporate employees monitoring the storm's path as they decided if any locations would close.

"Right now Waffle House is probably studying which restaurants are going to be affected", Kouvelis told ABC News.

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