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Waffle House helps FEMA assess storm damage

Waffle House helps FEMA assess storm damage

The popular Georgia-based diner chain renowned for its 365-day 24-hour service has an emergency routine that's so well-regarded, the Federal Emergency Management Agency unofficially uses the restaurants' status as an indicator for the severity of a natural disaster. So many people don't respect the power and destruction of a hurricane.

In fact, Hurricane Matthew was so threatening that all of the Waffle Houses from Titusville to Fort Pierce on I-95 in Florida were closed ahead of the storm's landfall. "After a storm, they're of route having a perceive to us to be there to inspire them out resulting from they're archaic to us being there the reduction of the year."Waffle House is headquartered in Georgia, and has extra than 2,000 intelligent areas, majority within the South. We have a lot of people come in and are only able to get their first hot meal at a Waffle House". The company's goal is to reopen its stores as quickly as possible after a storm passes. "So we will shut down as the storm gets closer".

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Every restaurant in Florence's path is being monitored with forecasts, maps and security cameras. It closed locations during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Harvey previous year. "After a storm, they're really looking to us to be there to help them out because they're used to us being there the rest of the year". And it's why the storm playbook exists. Since then, Warner says the company has invested heavily in its emergency response technology and deployment systems. "So, we have checklists on here is how you turn everything off because we don't do that". If a Waffle House is closed resulting from there is a catastrophe, or no longer it is deplorable.

"They are open most of the time and that was the index".

A representative for Waffle House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. We name it red. "If they're open but have a limited menu, that's yellow", he said.

"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. "You haven't found the bad stuff yet".


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