2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Waffle House Index

This is a post I started a long time ago and has been collecting dust in my "drafts" folder.  With the recent hurricane in the gulf and a story on the news, I rekindled my interest in finishing it and I now present it to you...ironically on the 57th anniversary of the first store's opening. 

Joe Rogers, Sr. and Tom Forkner, founders of Waffle House and WWII veterans, in 1980
Did you know FEMA has an informal scale it uses to judge the severity of a natural disaster based upon the availability of waffles?  Well, not just waffles...but hash browns, eggs, grits and coffee too.  Its called the "Waffle House Index" and its used by FEMA and other entities to help gauge how bad an area has been hit by a disaster and how bad the infrastructure is damaged.  Its based on the fact that Waffle House is one of a handful of companies that has been identified as having a very well executed disaster planning as well as a superior management of supply change practices.  What?  OK, in layman's terms...they got their shit together.

Operating out of mostly Southern states (although I love to go there up here in Ohio) the chain found itself dealing with a good possibility of severe weather in the form of hurricanes, floods and tornadoes.  When expanding into Northern states the chain was faced with snow and ice as challenges.  Waffle House realized a need to prepare and did just that.  A predetermined "short" menu, on site generators at each location, pre-positioned stockpiles of basic ingredients in centrally located warehouses as well as ice a reliable logistics chain allows most Waffle Houses to remain open after disasters when many other restaurants close.  It makes good business sense to do so as many relief worked coming into an affected area not only have somewhere to eat (and spend their money) but also use as a temporary "nerve center" of sorts if need be.  Local populaces can also find a hot meal there and also have a rallying point if needed.

They operate on a colored index scale based upon their ability to staff and supply their stores.

Generally speaking, if you can't find a Waffle House open, its time to get out of Dodge... I am assuming that they have pretty dedicated folks who work there that would come to work after a local disaster, but then again maybe part of their planning is to send in employees from other locations to work at affected stores so the local employees can take care of their families....at least that's how I would do it.

Here is a short, but good, video of how Waffle House does it...

So, a short recap of the Waffle House Index...




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