The Waffle House Index: Determining Storm Severity

Posted on August 30th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) will be using a strange system to determine how severe a weather system is.  The Waffle House, which is known for serving up it’s namesake at over 1,500 restaurants across the country, as it turns out is a great gauge for how severe a storm was by measuring it’s aftermath.

Green Light: “If the Waffle House was open and had a full menu, it was green because that meant they hadn’t lost power.”


Yellow Light:  “If [it] was open but had a limited menu, it meant that there were more problems, so they were yellow. ”


Red Light: “And if the store was closed, it was red.”



This index has already been used once this year at a storm in Moore, OK – after a deadly tornado had stuck.  This year is expected to be a pretty intense hurricane … Read More »

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