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You'll know hurricane is bad when Waffle House Index hits red

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Ginger Lawrence | 16 September, 2018, 00:50

Waffle House has always been a popular spot for round-the-clock comfort food for locals and travelers alike throughout the South.

"If you get there and the Waffle House is closed?"

The company has a fleet of response units, complete with Waffle House-branded trucks and vans, that transport generators, communication technology and other items that can help local stores reboot quickly during most emergency situations. On the opposite hand, Waffle House is being used as a reference for government institutions on storm severity.

The breakfast chain is open 24 hours a day all year long, and it is known to be open during natural disasters. Have you heard of the Waffle House index? The team also asked people to "plan ahead and be safe". In fact, the Waffle House is so hard to close down that FEMA uses a scale based on Waffle House closures to tell just how bad a hurricane and its aftermath actually are.

Waffle House is headquartered in Georgia and has more than 2,000 establishments, mostly in the South.

"The Waffle House test just doesn't tell us how quickly a business might rebound - it also tells how the larger community is faring", FEMA said in a 2011 blog post when Craig Fugate was administrator.

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One of the things that people know is that Waffle House is normally open.

FEMA cautioned against taking the Waffle House Index too seriously, however.

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

Warner said the restaurants along the Carolina coast impacted by Hurricane Florence are gathering resources, so they can open as soon as the storm is finished. We name it red. "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". If they're open but have a limited menu, that's yellow. "You haven't found the bad stuff yet".

"They know immediately which stores are going to be affected and they call their employees to know who can show up and who cannot", Panos Kouvelis, Ph.D., the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management and director of the Olin's Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Manufacturing, explained to EHS Today.