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Here's your sign: Waffle House closed until after Florence

16 September 2018, 11:13 | Kelvin Horton

A closed Waffle House restaurant is seen on Sept. 13 in Myrtle Beach S.C

FEMA looks to Waffle House as Hurricane Florence approaches

Waffle House's decision to close or remain open also indicates the complexity and length of supply chains for food, fuel, and power.

In fact, FEMA came up with the phrase "Waffle House Index", as a way to measure how badly storms affect the area.

As the monstrosity that's Hurricane Florence moves closer to the Carolinas, the Waffle House is joining the list of agencies and businesses tracking the storm's every twist and turn. The team also asked people to "plan ahead and be safe".

The company has a fleet of response units, complete with Waffle House-branded trucks and vans, that transport generators, communication technology and other items that can help local stores reboot quickly during most emergency situations. If a Waffle House is closed because there's a disaster, it's bad.

The chain posted a photo on Wednesday of corporate employees monitoring the storm's path as they decided if any locations would close. A green index means a Waffle House is open and offering a full menu. If a Waffle House is closed resulting from there is a catastrophe, or no longer it is deplorable.

Hurricane Florence has been designated a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

"They are open most of the time".

At least one location in Myrtle Beach South Carolina had shut its doors by Wednesday night, Eater reported. "That's really bad. That's where you go to work", then FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said.

As Hurricane Florence approaches, restaurants in North and SC are watching the weather to determine whether or not they will stay open. We have 250 restaurants, and we are monitoring resources so they can roll in right after the storm.

Waffle House holds the FEMA test as a point of pride. He referenced EHS Today, a magazine for the environment that wrote about how big companies such as Waffle House and Home Depot prepare meticulously for disasters.

Waffle House is used as an example of how quickly a business, and therefore a community, may recover from a storm. The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-open, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again - signaling a stronger recovery for that community.

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