Waffle House serves hungry customers bacon, eggs and hash browns, but when disaster strikes, the iconic chain serves up valuable intel to the government.
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed an unofficial, color-coded "Waffle House Index" to help make assessments before sending response teams to areas hit by such natural disasters as tornadoes, floods or hurricanes.
 
“When business like that are closed, that’s a good indication that resources are probably going to be needed for the survivors there in that area,” explained Will Booher of Florida’s  Division of Emergency Management.
 
After a disaster, officials call a restaurant in the affected area, and ask what's on the menu. If the restaurant is serving everything, it means there is water and electricity and that the index is green. If the menu has been scaled back, the index is yellow, which means there's water but no power. In the rare event a Waffle House is completely shut down, the index is red and that usually means there's big trouble.


Read more:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/02/when-disaster-strikes-fema-turns-to-waffle-house/#ixzz1tlvKqpkF
 
--- 

Inspirational Quotes

There ought to be a national registry of child molesters and insurance company executives, because I hold them in the same very low esteem.

Testimonials

I must thank you for providing the important detailed information necessary for my family’s full total-loss claim recovery. I am very detail-oriented so your insightful training along the persistence of my wife and I has resulted in a Gold medal recovery. We have a little more on the table to recover but continue to ‘own the claim’ and ‘keep it clean’. You are truly one of the most influential people in my life!

Waldo Canyon Fire Survivor, 2012