How FEMA uses Waffle Houses in disasters


Fugate said the system “came out of the ’04 hurricanes,” when he was Florida’s emergency management director. Here’s how Fugate described the test on a 2016 episode of NPR’s comedy podcast Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me:

“They are open most of the time. And that was the index. If a Waffle House is closed because there’s a disaster, it’s bad. We call it red. If they’re open but have a limited menu, that’s yellow,” he said. “If they’re green, we’re good, keep going. You haven’t found the bad stuff yet.”

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