The Waffle House Index is an informal way for FEMA to gauge how quickly a community might bounce back after a disaster. Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate started using it when he was the head of Florida's Department of Emergency Management.

Why does Waffle House Matter?

Because Waffle House as a company is a model for disaster preparedness.

How does it work?

  • Red: Area Waffle Houses are closed
  • Yellow: Waffle Houses are open with a limited menu
  • Green: Waffle Houses are open with a full menu

Judging by this pic on Twitter that surfaced on Saturday, Waffle House locations in Florida are in for one heck of a weekend. 

Had to check the unofficial @fema Waffle House Index in Cocoa,Fl before #IRMA pic.twitter.com/V5wpWgxYOa

— Dave Eitzen (@DaveEitzen) September 9, 2017

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