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One of the ways the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) measures hurricane damage is by the Waffle House Index. Waffle House, a popular 24-hour fast food chain in the Southeast, has a unique ability to operate solely on gas if necessary, so a closed Waffle House is often tantamount to disaster. And while we won’t know yet how Hurricane Harvey will fare on the index, the attitude at Waffle Houses across Texas has been calm. The company’s staff has been preparing for months. “We have our own special disaster teams and generators waiting to be shipped,” said one Waffle House employee in Galveston, Tex. “We’re open up until the city makes us close, probably later on tonight. As soon as it’s over we’ll be right back open.”
Over the years, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate noticed this phenomenon following hurricane damage and developed the Waffle House Index. “Green” is full menu, “yellow” is partial menu, and “red” means there may be no Waffle House left. “Waffle House stays on when the wind’s blowing—they never close,” Philip Strouse, FEMA’s Private Sector Liaison, told Yahoo Finance last year. “They have a small footprint, they’re easy, and if these little stores are going out when it only takes a few people to staff … that’s bad.”
One of the ways the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) measures hurricane damage is by the Waffle House Index.
The Waffle House Index is an informal metric used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine the effect of a storm and the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery.
"If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That's really bad. That's when you go to work."
The index has three levels, based on the extent of operations and service at the restaurant following a storm:
GREEN: full menu - restaurant has power and damage is limited.
YELLOW: limited menu - no power or only power from a generator, or food supplies may be low.
RED: the restaurant is closed - indicating severe damage.
originally posted by: Liquesence
originally posted by: JIMC5499
a reply to: Edumakated
I have to disagree. I dated several of the waitresses from a Waffle House in Jacksonville. Smoking hot.
Sure that wasn't from standing next to the hot grill all day, sweating?