Waffle House is Preparing to Stay Open During Hurricane Florence

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If you find a "closed sign" on a Waffle House, it's best to evacuate and don't forget your spouse.

"You usually see a decline ahead and a little bit of a pick up after", she said.

On Tuesday, the breakfast chain posted a picture of the Waffle House Storm Center monitoring Hurricane Florence, which has been upgraded to a Category 4 and could make landfall as a Category 5.

The chain's policy has provided an unofficial way for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to track the severity of a natural disaster. It's called the Waffle House Index, and FEMA monitors it. But did you know they're also ranked by something called the Waffle House Index?

The idea isn't to look just at Waffle House, but to use it as a proxy to determine how badly the disaster has affected the area, and to learn how quickly it is recovering, FEMA wrote in a blog post.

FEMA even uses restaurant sales bumps as an indicator in monitoring severe weather, more specifically through the Waffle House Storm Center.

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Given the southern locations of most Waffle House restaurants, they are vulnerable to hurricanes, tropical storms and flooding rains.

Meanwhile, Waffle House's main Twitter account had a message for the approaching storm: "Hey Flo".

Major companies such as The Home Depot, Walmart and Waffle House serve as role models in disaster preparedness. EHS Today explains that the Waffle House Index runs on a color-coded system. A customer-service assistant said that the company had not yet confirmed whether stores will close.

No matter what Hurricane Florence brings to Myrtle Beach, the Waffle House off Highway 501 will be open, doing all they can. The sooner restaurants, grocery stores, and banks re-open - the sooner the local economy and recovery restart.

A representative for Waffle House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. "They have temporary warehouses where they can store food and most importantly, they know they can operate without a full menu. Within the occasion that they're originate however luxuriate in a restricted menu, that is yellow", he talked about.

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