But why would a powerful government agency rely on a business known for the funny words it has for hash-brown toppings? Because that business knows disaster. Waffle House locations are primarily in the American South, where tornadoes and hurricanes are a common occurrence. For the business to survive these disasters—not to mention help customers survive them—it has to have a rock-solid plan in place. And that it does.
In a blog post for FEMA, Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer noted some of the ways Waffle House responds when disaster strikes, including actually sending the board of directors to the affected location so they can make decisions on the ground. That's why if a Waffle House is closed, you know the situation is dire. Find out more about emergency preparedness with the videos below.