— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) September 12, 2018
Srsly. Per the Washington Post:
… Yes, that’s right: One of the South’s most popular breakfast chains plays an important role in hurricane forecasting. Waffle Houses are known for staying open through anything, so when the company actually decides to close one of its locations due to bad weather, it means the storm is an unusually bad threat. It’s called the Waffle House Index, and FEMA monitors it. Seriously.
— Waffle House News (@WaffleHouseNews) September 11, 2018
Former FEMA administrator W. Craig Fugate came up with the Waffle House Index as a way to determine how an overall community was faring during a disaster.
“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,” Dan Stoneking wrote on the FEMA Blog in 2011. “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 Waffle House Index — which is, again, a real thing that our government uses — is color-coded. If Waffle Houses are open and offering a full menu, the index is green. If they’re offering a limited menu, it’s yellow. 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…
Ah, capitalism. Putting workers’ lives at risk to be sure customers know your brand is reliable.
— Patricia Sullivan (@psullivan1) September 11, 2018
So I’ve been wondering why SC had mandatory evacuation along the entire coast, but NC, where Florence is expected to make landfall, hasn’t. I just learned in NC it’s decided by county governments. And it appears the people in charge of some of those counties are fucking morons.
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) September 12, 2018
Like I said. pic.twitter.com/Y15VkESvRK
— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 12, 2018