At least one Waffle House location - in Myrtle Beach, S.C. - has closed until the hurricane passes. If a Waffle House is closed because there's a disaster, it's bad.
As Hurricane Florence nears, FEMA will be keeping a close eye on the Waffle House - the fast-food restaurant chain known for staying open 24 hours a day every day of the year. A green index means a Waffle House is open and offering a full menu.More news: 240,000 GM vehicles recalled to fix rear brake problem
On Tuesday, Waffle House tweeted a photo of personnel hunkered down in a situation room, in front of screens with maps and the hurricane's projected path. "Plan ahead and be safe", the company encouraged its customers.
Each restaurant also has a "Waffle House storm playbook" with a play-by-play of what to do should the electricity or running water go out mid-storm.
In fact, Waffle House Index is so reliable that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) looks to it when a hurricane or another natural disaster is on the way.
"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", Stoneking wrote.More news: At Least 5 Dead from Hurricane Florence
FEMA cautioned against taking the Waffle House Index too seriously, however.
As of noon Wednesday, Waffle House executives had made the decision to close eight of those restaurants that appear to be in the direct path of the hurricane. We name it red.
"They know immediately which stores are going to be affected and they call their employees to know who can show up and who cannot", Panos Kouvelis, Ph.D., the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management and director of the Olin's Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Manufacturing, explained to EHS Today. 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. Within the occasion that they're originate however luxuriate in a restricted menu, that is yellow", he talked about. The sooner restaurants, grocery stores, and banks re-open - the sooner the local economy and recovery restart.More news: Bruins Trade Defenseman Adam McQuaid to Rangers