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When mother nature strikes like tornadoes -- And hurricanes.
All hands are on -- local state and federal officials.
In Washington the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a tough challenge figuring out how to respondent.
And you might be surprised by how the agency doesn't.
The iconic 24 hour -- Waffle House plays a pivotal role -- how authorities determine the game plan if the Waffle House is open.
After the -- today.
Then that means there's power in their water if the Waffle House is closed.
Things are pretty bad.
Unofficially it's called the Waffle House index.
FEMA -- -- restaurants and impacted areas to find out if they're open in serving up their menus staples like on -- -- hash browns.
A full menu means the store has power and little to no damage -- limited menu means they are running on a generator.
And at the Waffle House is closed that's usually a sign things are pretty -- If we're able to get back opened things -- might be bad but they're not horrible but if if we don't happen to be.
Able we do business than that must be a sign that the that the community -- -- really -- check.
-- uses the so called Waffle House index along with other more scientific methods.
But it's especially helpful here in the south where tornadoes and hurricanes -- in dual threat and -- waffle houses many locations.
Can help -- -- response teams like americorps.
-- learn from our long history and responding to disasters across the country from.
Forest fires to -- -- to tornadoes.
That the first few hours the first few days are very critical.
FEMA director Craig -- came up with a Waffle House index while working for the state of Florida and has expanded -- since joining the Obama administration to include other businesses like Wal-Mart Home Depot and lows after disasters -- Waffle House also responds by doing what it does best.
Feeding hungry customers.
After many of the storms.
-- it's very often will hear.
For folks this is the first cup mile and a week in Jackson Mississippi I'm here attending Fox News.
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