With Hurricane Florence wreaking havoc on the East Coast of the USA, believe it or not, There is a thing called The Waffle House Index and it is used by the Federal Government. There is even a Waffle House Storm Center.
— Waffle House News (@WaffleHouseNews) September 11, 2018
So what is the The Waffle House Index?
Since The Waffle House has over 1500 locations (and nothing near us…booo), they are open 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year. As such, there are many of these locations in the path of bad weather. Because of this, Waffle House has created an alert system of their own. A Green, Yellow and Red alert system, which indicated what they offer on their menu during bad weather or disasters.
- Green means everything is ok and the complete menu is available and dining operations are normal.
- Yellow means that, despite the fact they are open, they have a limited menus
- Red, as you would expect, means that they are closed
Red is the sign to FEMA that it is time to step in and go into action. Sounds crazy, but it is true.
The reality is, this company actually cares about their communities. They have a “playbook” they use in case of hurricanes, specifically. They take steps if there is no gas, no electricity, no generator and even no ice.
While it is true that FEMA does use Waffle Houses for their decisions, it isn’t as cut and dry:
“There is no official use for it. Our focus is on more empirical data.”
I will say, that even though this company stays open for those who need to be in a dangerous or disaster situation, those who stay to work at Waffle House deserve a bit of gratitude as well. When you think about it, they are truling giving back.
— Nia Watson WMBF (@NiaWatsonTV) September 12, 2018