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

Roman Schwartz
September 16, 2018

When a power outage in 2014 shut down several Cherokee County businesses - the local Waffle House cooked with gas and welcomed customers.

When it comes to surveying storm damage, the federal government even unofficially turns to Waffle House with the "Waffle House Index".

In fact, Hurricane Matthew was so threatening that all of the Waffle Houses from Titusville to Fort Pierce on I-95 in Florida were closed ahead of the storm's landfall.

Warner said the index was created in 2004, and because people rely on the Waffle House throughout the year, they expect it to be opened after a storm. Serving up tasty waffles is not all the restaurant chain is known for, though.

Informally, it's called the Waffle House Index, and it's a real thing. The team also asked people to "plan ahead and be safe".

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Hurricane Florence may have an outsize impact on sales at fried-chicken chain Bojangles' Inc., while other southern chains like Waffle House are so popular, the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses its sales as a gauge in natural disasters. "After a storm, they're of route having a perceive to us to be there to inspire them out resulting from they're archaic to us being there the reduction of the year."Waffle House is headquartered in Georgia, and has extra than 2,000 intelligent areas, majority within the South".

Here's hoping all the residents of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, have evacuated the city: Their Waffle House just hit Code Red.

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

"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". We name it red.

"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". "After a storm, they're really looking to us to be there to help them out because they're used to us being there the rest of the year". "They are originate a variety of the time". If the franchise is open but serving a limited menu, the index shows a yellow location. From Titusville to Fort Pierce, Florida, every Waffle House was closed as operations became too hard to continue.

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