How Waffle House Became Important During Disasters

A Waffle House

A Waffle House

At least one location in Myrtle Beach South Carolina had shut its doors by Wednesday night, Eater reported.

Fugate stepped down in January 2017 and was replaced by Brock Long, but the Waffle House Index remains.

When a storm strikes, local officials will put out a call to the nearest Waffle House and find out what's on the menu.

One restaurant that nearly never closes or is hurt by storms, however, is Waffle House. Really. This is because the restaurant is known for staying open through nearly anything - from a storm to a holiday.

As the monstrosity that is Hurricane Florence moves closer to the Carolinas, the Waffle House is becoming a member of the list of companies and companies monitoring the storm's every twist and turn.The Southern breakfast chain, which is originate 24 hours a day all year, activated a storm heart to observe the Class 2 typhoon. "Plan ahead and be safe", they tweeted.


It's a real thing - and the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses it.

As of noon Wednesday, Waffle House executives had made the decision to close eight of those restaurants that appear to be in the direct path of the hurricane.

Hurricanes are typically measured by pressure, wind, storm surge and damage, but FEMA also uses an unofficial measurement - the "Waffle House Index".

A Waffle House on state highway 421 says they would be open through Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Waffle House is used as an example of how quickly a business, and therefore a community, may recover from a storm. EHS Today explains that the Waffle House Index runs on a color-coded system. We name it red. When a major storm is in the forecast, Waffle House vehicles-known as "jump teams" or "go teams"- are deployed from headquarters to the edge of emergency zones so they can come in as soon as the worst of the storm is over and begin necessary repairs or provide assistance. A yellow index indicates that a location is open but serving a limited menu. "The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can reopen, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again - signaling a stronger recovery for that community". "You haven't found the bad stuff yet", Fugate said on NPR. "They have temporary warehouses where they can store food and most importantly, they know they can operate without a full menu".

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