Waffle House is stepping into action ahead of Hurricane Florence.
Just as in previous storms and severe weather, the restaurant chain typically remains open. The latest hurricane is no different.
“The @WaffleHouse Storm Center is activated and monitoring #Florence,” the restaurant tweeted Monday. “Plan ahead and be safe.”
It’s such a noticeable trend that the Federal Emergency Management Agency unofficially has a Waffle House Index, in which locations are monitored based on menu offerings and whether a restaurant is open.
“The index itself isn’t just about whether or not you can get pralines on your waffles or if you can get waffles at all, but rather about the damage in a neighborhood,” FEMA communications specialist Jessica Stapf wrote in 2017.
The Waffle House Index has the following indicators:
- A green index means a Waffle House is open and offering a full menu.
- A yellow index means a Waffle House is open, but offering a limited menu.
- A red index means a Waffle House has been forced to close.
Red indexes are rare, and indicate very severe weather.