"The Waffle House Index" that Protects Us From Natural Disaster
A Journey into Hidden America
We do not visit these places as we once did - doctor's orders.
Apparently, Waffle House, roadside fixture in many parts of the country, remains open not only for business purpose, but also on behalf of the national good in protecting us in case of natural disaster.
"Because Waffle Houses stay open 24 hours, 365 days a year, they’ve become one of the key ways the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency gauges the severity of natural disasters. So, these days, instead of poring over aerial photos or sending out inspectors, administrators can simply check the 'Waffle House index' to determine how badly an area has been affected by a storm.
"The index is green when the local Waffle House is open and serving its full menu; yellow when it’s open, but serving a limited menu; and red when it’s closed. Those levels then indicate the extent to which a community has power and water".
So, so next time you pass a Waffle House and try to balance out delicious taste with not so great nutrition, remember that your business also helps the common good - supporting those who support our emergency services.