Yes, you read it right. According to Yahoo News, Federal Emergency Management Agency uses the pristine tracking system casually named: “The Waffle House Index.” When inclement weather hits, the East Coast diner chain implements a color-coded system signaling menu changes. Waffle Houses have a grand reputation for staying open during extreme weather that when the color coded system turns to red, FEMA pays attention.
“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.”
I could remember during the ice storm in Atlanta that Waffle House remained open serving on paper plates and all!