According to The Washington Post, some people living in the South will base their decision to evacuate their city based on whether the Waffle House is still open.
On Tuesday, the breakfast chain posted a picture of the Waffle House Storm Center monitoring Hurricane Florence, which has been upgraded to a Category 4 and could make landfall as a Category 5. The Federal Emergency Management Agency operates a "Waffle House Index" and the chain even runs a Storm Center to monitor hurricane damage at its restaurants, USA Today reports. "Plan ahead and be safe", they tweeted. Serving up tasty waffles is not all the restaurant chain is known for, though.
You may be wondering why in the world is Waffle House in the disaster management business? But did you know they're also ranked by something called the Waffle House Index?
As FiveThirtyEight reported in 2016, Waffle House takes its commitment to being open every single hour of the day, every day, very seriously.
It is rare for the index to hit red.More news: FEMA chief's dual challenge: huge hurricane and inspector general inquiry
Hurricane Florence has been designated a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. If it's yellow, that means the menu is limited to specific items.
For most restaurants, closing for a hurricane is done without the blink of an eye. You have not any longer came upon the deplorable stuff but."Waffle Condo spokesman Pat Warner talked about Fugate came up with the check for the length of the 2004 typhoon season in Florida".
At least one Waffle House location - in Myrtle Beach, S.C. - has closed until the hurricane passes.
FOX 5's Will Nunley who has been on the coast covering the storm got a first-hand look Wednesday about the Waffle House's "Go Teams" that are trained to prepare food in a variety of conditions during a disaster.
"The Waffle Condo check staunch would now not recount us how rapid a trade would possibly well well per chance rebound - it also tells how the easier personnel is faring", FEMA talked about in a 2011 weblog publish when Craig Fugate was administrator. "The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-open, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again", the FEMA website states.