On March 25, local time, Waffle House announced that it had closed 418 U.S. Waffle House stores, perhaps the largest in history, according tomedia. It is understood that there is an informal measure of the severity of the disaster in the United States, known as the Waffle House Index, which has three levels: green (normal), yellow (restricted menu, crisis mode) and red (closed for business).
The term “waffle house index” was mentioned in a 2011 wall journal article. Craig Fugate, a former federal emergency management agency administrator, mentioned it when talking about two different measures of crisis assessment for the hurricane public.
Waffle house shops across the United States are known for opening up in harsh conditions, and they want to be seen as a place where they can eat a hot meal anyway.
Waffle houses rarely turn red. Now in the U.S., about 20 percent of waffle houses are in a very bad place, and they’re all reddening.
In a statement released today by waffle house representatives, they announced the closure of 418 stores in the United States. A representative for Waffle House wrote: “We would like to thank our employees for their tremendous efforts, with each shift working hard to create a safe, warm and welcoming dining experience 24 hours a day. We are trying to support them and do our best to get through this crisis. “
The previous record for the closure of the Waffle House occurred during Hurricane Irma. At the time, the company closed 157 locations, 143 of which resumed operations two days or less after the storm ended.