Hurricane Florence prompts Waffle House to activate storm center

Hurricane Florence prompts Waffle House to activate storm center

If the index is red, it means you can start panicking because the Waffle House location has been forced to close its doors. "That's really bad. That's where you go to work", then FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said.

As the monstrosity that is Hurricane Florence moves closer to the Carolinas, the Waffle House is becoming a member of the list of companies and companies monitoring the storm's every twist and turn.The Southern breakfast chain, which is originate 24 hours a day all year, activated a storm heart to observe the Class 2 typhoon.

It's a real thing - and the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses it. If Waffle Houses are open and offering a full menu, the index is green.

Because the restaurant has an active storm center monitor, federal officials use the Waffle House as a way to measure the severity of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other local storms after they hit.

According to, the Waffle House test doesn't just inform the public about which restaurants are open but it also helps paint a picture about how the community as a whole is faring. Throughout the South, Waffle House can be seen along highways and within cities. If the restaurant has a limited menu, often meaning the freezer is out, it's labeled yellow.

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Meanwhile, Waffle House's main Twitter account had a message for the approaching storm: "Hey Flo".

If a Waffle House is closed resulting from there is a catastrophe, or no longer it is deplorable. On Wednesday, Nia Watson, a local news reporter for WMBF, tweeted that the Myrtle Beach Waffle House had closed for the storm. The team also asked people to "plan ahead and be safe". FEMA has since developed a color-coded system that is dependent on Waffle House's status.

"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.

A representative for Waffle House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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.