After a natural disaster, the United States Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) jumps into action to deliver supplies to affected communities. But with all the chaos, it's not always clear what those communities need. For a helpful benchmark of how things are on the ground, FEMA director W. Craig Fugate came up with the Waffle House Index. It's a three-color rating that uses green to denote that the local Waffle House restaurant is fully open, yellow for if it's just serving a limited menu (suggesting that it can't get the supplies it needs), and red for closed (a very rare occurrence for the 24-hour chain).
The Waffle House Index
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Written by Curiosity Staff October 21, 2016
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