Saturday, 17 November, 2018

FEMA uses the Waffle House to determine a hurricane's intensity

Waffle House Storm Center activates for Florence Here's your sign: Waffle House closed until after Florence
Laurie Berry | 16 September, 2018, 11:11

If the restaurant has a limited menu, often meaning the freezer is out, it's labeled yellow. "Plan ahead and be safe". 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.

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

The only thing that really ever does close a Waffle House is a direct hit from a tornado, maybe the building being on fire, or an exceptionally strong hurricane.

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.

This tells emergency officials how the community is handling the storm.

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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. But if they're served at Waffle House, those hash browns are a key signal of how badly a hurricane has affected a community. However, The Post would like you to know that waiting to leave until Waffle House closes is not the recommended practice for storm planning.

Pat Warner, director of public relations at the Waffle House chatted with Baldwin about how pivotal the index is. At the front of the room, three screens showed storm maps and news coverage of Category 4 hurricane's path.

A Waffle House on state highway 421 says they would be open through Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina. 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. "Within the occasion that they're green, we're correct, defend going".

"The Waffle House test doesn't just tell us how quickly a business might rebound - it also tells us how the larger community is faring". EHS Today explains that the Waffle House Index runs on a color-coded system. You can't make this stuff up, and that's just a lot of pressure to put on a place that sells waffles.

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