Waffle House Index

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“If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad…” The restaurant chain Waffle House is known for being well-prepared for extreme weather and natural disasters. Because of this reputation, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency created the Waffle House Index as an unofficial metric of how badly an area was affected by a disaster. A Waffle House with a full menu means the community wasn’t hit too hard, while a closed Waffle House (called a Level Red) means that the community needs urgent help. Read full article here

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