Why FEMA watches the Waffle House menu during hurricanes

Why FEMA watches the Waffle House menu during hurricanes

With several major cities in the storm's path, Waffle House is likely only one of many companies watching and waiting to see how they may need to react if things turn bad.

Yes, the restaurant Waffle House - a popular Southern breakfast chain akin to IHOP - has activated its "storm center" to monitor Hurricane Florence.

Should any Waffle Houses be devastated by the hurricane, the company also has its own emergency response squad that will send backup generators and other equipment to get the restaurant up and running after the storm. The team also asked people to "plan ahead and be safe". That includes staying open during natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence. WMBF News in Myrtle Beach reported that a Waffle House there closed two days before the storm's anticipated hit: "Y'all Waffle House in Myrtle Beach is closed ahead of the storm", tweeted the station's Nia Watson.

The "Waffle House Index" isn't as well known as some of your favorite rhymes, but it is fairly reliable. If the index is green, the Waffle House is open and serving from its full menu, whether customers want the pecan waffle or the fiesta omelet.

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Waffle House is used as an example of how quickly a business, and therefore a community, may recover from a storm. "If they're open but have a limited menu, that's yellow", he said.

"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". 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. When a storm is completely devastating, Waffle House will close, usually because the building has been destroyed.

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

For most restaurants, closing for a hurricane is done without the blink of an eye. You can't make this stuff up, and that's just a lot of pressure to put on a place that sells waffles. We have 250 restaurants, and we are monitoring resources so they can roll in right after the storm.

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