Pat Warner, director of public relations at the Waffle House chatted with Baldwin about how pivotal the index is.
"You usually see a decline ahead and a little bit of a pick up after", she said.
The Georgia-based chain is known for its 365-day, 24-hour service, and the company has teams of response units that can be deployed, with Waffle House trucks, vans, and generators, should a restaurant choose to stay open in adverse conditions.
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O'Connell described the piece of rock that fell as being as big as a four-storey building, crashing down onto the beach . He continued: "I thought more was coming and with the size of the waves coming towards me I just started running".
Because the restaurant has an active storm center monitor, federal officials use the Waffle House as a way to measure the severity of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other local storms after they hit.
"The Waffle House test doesn't just tell us how quickly a business might rebound - it also tells us how the larger community is faring".
For most restaurants, closing for a hurricane is done without the blink of an eye.
Naturally then, as Hurricane Florence bears down on the east coast, Waffle House is (seriously) preparing.
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The system is already used to warn the public about "dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations". Everyone will then receive this message in English: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System".
If a Waffle House is closed resulting from there is a catastrophe, or no longer it is deplorable. FEMA noted it's rare for the index to turn red because "Waffle House is well-prepared for disasters". "The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-open, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again", the FEMA website states. FEMA has since developed a color-coded system that is dependent on Waffle House's status.
On Tuesday, Waffle House tweeted a photo of personnel hunkered down in a situation room, in front of screens with maps and the hurricane's projected path. "Plan ahead and be safe", the company encouraged its customers. From Titusville to Fort Pierce, Florida, every Waffle House was closed as operations became too hard to continue. They're not going to let a little Biblically strong wind stop them from slinging hash browns. "Within the occasion that they're originate however luxuriate in a restricted menu, that is yellow", he talked about.
For those in directly affected areas, be it first responders or residents who didn't evacuate, the turned on lights and running kitchen stoves of Waffle House often represent a sense of calmness and relief during the most stressful of times.
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