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Waffle House is Preparing to Stay Open During Hurricane Florence

Waffle House is Preparing to Stay Open During Hurricane Florence

Given the southern locations of most Waffle House restaurants, they are vulnerable to hurricanes, tropical storms and flooding rains.

Because they're open 24 hours a day, closing a Waffle House restaurant is a big deal. 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.

"Waffle House Index" has become a key part of storm preparedness: When a Waffle House closes in the face of an impending storm, that's when you really need to be anxious. They also tweeted a cheeky message to the storm itself: "Kiss my grits!" However, The Post would like you to know that waiting to leave until Waffle House closes is not the recommended practice for storm planning. A green index means a Waffle House is open and offering a full menu. When a storm is completely devastating, Waffle House will close, usually because the building has been destroyed.

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

YELLOW: limited menu - no power or only power from a generator, or food supplies may be low. Waffle House restaurants are known for staying open during natural disasters, and federal officials use them to determine the severity of a hurricane, tornado or other hazards on a local area.

At least one Waffle House location - in Myrtle Beach, S.C. - has closed until the hurricane passes.

"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.

According to FEMA, "major companies such as The Home Depot, Walmart, and Waffle House serve as role models in disaster preparedness..." You can't make this stuff up, and that's just a lot of pressure to put on a place that sells waffles. The sooner restaurants, grocery stores, and banks re-open - the sooner the local economy and recovery restart.

Informally, it's called the Waffle House Index, and it's a real thing.

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