Tuesday, September 6, 2011

FEMA's Master of Disaster: the Waffle House

Just when you thought that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wasn't on the ball following a disaster comes news of the "Waffle House Index" to determine the impact of a storm and the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery.
Green means the restaurant is serving a full menu, a signal that damage in an area is limited and the lights are on. Yellow means a limited menu, indicating power from a generator, at best, and low food supplies. Red means the restaurant is closed, a sign of severe damage in the area or unsafe conditions."If you get there and the Waffle House is closed?" FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate has said. "That's really bad. That's where you go to work."

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