Waffle House holds the FEMA test as a point of pride. On Wednesday, Nia Watson, a local news reporter for WMBF, tweeted that the Myrtle Beach Waffle House had closed for the storm. If locations in the affected area are forced to close, the index is red - and because Waffle Houses are very prepared, this is the rarest scenario.
"If we are open quickly after a storm, that means the community is coming back and folks are out, we are getting back to that sense of normalcy", Warner said.
The Georgia-based chain is known for its 365-day, 24-hour service, and the company has teams of response units that can be deployed, with Waffle House trucks, vans, and generators, should a restaurant choose to stay open in adverse conditions. A green index means a Waffle House is open and offering a full menu. "Plan ahead and be safe".
The chain's policy has provided an unofficial way for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to track the severity of a natural disaster. In fact, the Waffle House is so hard to close down that FEMA uses a scale based on Waffle House closures to tell just how bad a hurricane and its aftermath actually are.
With several major cities in the storm's path, Waffle House is likely only one of many companies watching and waiting to see how they may need to react if things turn bad.
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.
"The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can reopen, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again - signaling a stronger recovery for that community", the agency wrote in a 2011 blog post. We call it red. 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". "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". Opened and serving a limited menu, that's yellow.
Thank you to the dedicated Waffle House employees who are there to help out!
Warner said the restaurants along the Carolina coast impacted by Hurricane Florence are gathering resources, so they can open as soon as the storm is finished.