Monday, 24 September, 2018

Waffle House Storm Center activates for Florence

How Waffle House can be a gauge of hurricane severity Traffic flashes by breakfast diners a a Waffle House near Dawsonville Ga. Thursday
Jean Garcia | 16 September, 2018, 00:49

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

The chain, whose restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is famous for staying open during many natural disasters.

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

The FEMA website describes how the Waffle House Index works: "If a Waffle House store is open and offering a full menu, the index is green".

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

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"If we are open quickly after the storm broke, that means the community is coming back and we are getting back to that sense of normalcy", Pat Warner, director or PR at Waffle House, said in an interview on CNN on Wednesday.

The Waffle House posted on their social media Wednesday that they have active the Waffle House Storm Center in Norcross ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Waffle House test doesn't just tell us how quickly a business might rebound - it also tells us how the larger community is faring.

Waffle House will literally serve you food even if it has no power or has to run its restaurant on a generator, and chances are half the time that "generator" is just a cook standing out back, smoking a cigarette and turning a hand crank. If you don't believe that, let me introduce the Waffle House Storm Center into evidence. The storm destroyed seven Waffle Houses, and the closures led management to revamp the company's disaster preparedness efforts.

If a Waffle House is closed because there's a disaster, it's bad. In Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, an employee of a still-operating Waffle House told a reporter that during 2016's Hurricane Matthew, the location closed only after the ceiling tiles began to fall. The team also asked people to "plan ahead and be safe". Check out the color-coded index. We have 250 restaurants, and we are monitoring resources so they can roll in right after the storm. "Within the occasion that they're originate however luxuriate in a restricted menu, that is yellow", he talked about. From Titusville to Fort Pierce, Florida, every Waffle House was closed as operations became too hard to continue. They expected to close more as the hurricane approaches.

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