How FEMA Uses the "Waffle House Index" to Determine a Storm's Severity

There are a number of factors experts use to determine how severe a hurricane is, including wind speed, rain fall and property damage.  And, whether or not the Waffle House is open.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) monitors the "Waffle House Index," a term coined by former administrator Craig Fugate, to determine how severely a storm has impacted an area. 

The southern chain has a reputation for keeping its restaurants open, even in the midst of disasters. 

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