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(Fox News)   If you ever want to know how bad things are after a natural disaster, call Waffle House. FEMA does   (foxnews.com ) divider line
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2012-05-03 08:46:52 AM  
Yes, if I find myself in a Waffle House then clearly some disaster has occurred.
 
2012-05-03 10:25:10 AM  
they could use any major chain, dennys, ihop, walmart
 
2012-05-03 10:25:18 AM  
This place looks familiar....I think I threw up in here. Hey, there it is!
 
2012-05-03 10:27:41 AM  
Old news is old. This has been reported many times.
 
2012-05-03 10:28:36 AM  
They use a major chain chosen at random and it does provide a quick snapshot of the situation in any given neighborhood. When determining where to send your limited, forward-deployed resources it helps to know where to send your initial assessment teams.

I fail to see how this even merits a news story. It's one of several dozen methods and metrics that go into emergency planning and response.
 
2012-05-03 10:28:52 AM  
Is there some requirement that this article be run annually? Or is it every time the news is a little slow? Like the FEMA blog post that was green-lighted last September.

/Do love the hash browns though.
 
2012-05-03 10:29:34 AM  
This quickly joins the Big Mac Index (New Window) as one of my favorite means of statistical measure.
 
2012-05-03 10:33:25 AM  

h0tsauce: Is there some requirement that this article be run annually? Or is it every time the news is a little slow? Like the FEMA blog post that was green-lighted last September.

/Do love the hash browns though.


This is the hurricane season annual story, just like the razor blades in candy story at Halloween and how much will it cost to drive on vacation for Labor/Memorial Day.
 
2012-05-03 10:35:26 AM  
Still a better method than what FEMA had during the Bush Admin. The Salvation Army is better equipped to respond to dissaster than FEMA.
 
2012-05-03 10:35:29 AM  

Inquisitive Inquisitor: They use a major chain chosen at random and it does provide a quick snapshot of the situation in any given neighborhood. When determining where to send your limited, forward-deployed resources it helps to know where to send your initial assessment teams.

I fail to see how this even merits a news story. It's one of several dozen methods and metrics that go into emergency planning and response.


It's interesting and practical. Same as the news stories about Bud delivering water.
 
2012-05-03 10:37:10 AM  
Done in one?

No really, the Waffle Houses in Escambia and Santa Rosa county in NW Florida were the places to meet and get news after Hurricane Ivan tore the area apart in 2004. A couple of them, as soon as they got power again, started handing out free coffee to those canvassing the area for damage. It would take a farkload of a problem to shut those waffle robots down for long.

That part of the country has some shiatty social problems, but in a disaster, they come together like nowhere else I've ever lived. There'd not be looting like after Katrina, and it's not due solely to demographics.
 
2012-05-03 10:37:26 AM  
This has less to do with FEMA and more to do with lazy/sensation-seeking journalism. What exactly is surprising about learning that when the U.S. government tries to figure out whether the commodity-supply chain is impacted by a disaster, it would ask a major regional provider about its experiences?

It's mostly annecdotal, and it's far from the only data-point collected. But it sounds funny so it's news, just like cute cat pictures. I remember a time when news was serious.
 
2012-05-03 10:37:49 AM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: This place looks familiar....I think I threw up in here. Hey, there it is!


Came here for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-05-03 10:38:34 AM  
We don't have Waffle Houses in this part of the country. I guess if we ever have a disaster, we're just SOL.
 
2012-05-03 10:40:46 AM  
FEMA: "Hello, this is FEMA Disaster Recovery, we were just wondering what the situation looked like in your area?"

Waffle House: "Scattered smothered and covered!"

FEMA: "Boss, it looks bad."
 
2012-05-03 10:41:58 AM  

Sybarite: Yes, if I find myself in a Waffle House then clearly some disaster has occurred.


You ALMOST owed me a keyboard. Somehow managed to keep the coffee in.
 
2012-05-03 10:45:28 AM  
have never had anything but waffles at the waffle house, is the rest of their menu that bad?
 
2012-05-03 10:45:32 AM  
Also: Florida's Division of Emergency Management.

F-DEM?
 
2012-05-03 10:46:18 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

FEMA calls them for.... obvious reasons.
 
2012-05-03 10:48:26 AM  
Inasmusch as I read about this last year, it is good to see that Faux Knews is on the cutting edge of timely reporting.
 
2012-05-03 10:48:33 AM  

mod3072: We don't have Waffle Houses in this part of the country. I guess if we ever have a disaster, we're just SOL.


Yes, yes you are. No hope of recovery is possible without the mighty Awful Waffle.
 
2012-05-03 10:49:50 AM  

cefm: This has less to do with FEMA and more to do with lazy/sensation-seeking journalism. What exactly is surprising about learning that when the U.S. government tries to figure out whether the commodity-supply chain is impacted by a disaster, it would ask a major regional provider about its experiences?

It's mostly annecdotal, and it's far from the only data-point collected. But it sounds funny so it's news, just like cute cat pictures. I remember a time when news was serious.


WTF?

I've never heard of this practice, and it's interesting in so far as Waffle House has specifically developed a menu for post-disaster service.

I deem the article newsworthy.
 
2012-05-03 10:59:00 AM  
This has less to do with FEMA and more to do with lazy/sensation-seeking journalism.

"This has less to do with FEMA and more to do with lazy journalism. FARKERs."

From the FEMA.gov site:

What do Waffle Houses have to do with risk management?

Also the journalist in question is less "lazy" than "new at this". (See the note about the Fox Junior Journalist program or wherever this kid is from)

Finally, yes, this IS a repeat from 2011.

Regards,

Joe
 
2012-05-03 10:59:48 AM  
Hell, I could have told you that back in 2005. Went into my local IHOP one day for some coffee and a breakfast sampler, and BOOM! Katrina evacuees everywhere. I asked one of the managers what was going on, and he told me they had an arrangement with FEMA. I wished them well and got out of their hair. [/CSB]

Citrate1007: The Salvation Army is better equipped to respond to dissaster than FEMA.


Ah, but the Salvation Army also isn't the only governmental body with the power to suspend the Constitution.
 
2012-05-03 10:59:52 AM  
www.freewebs.com
On the job.
 
2012-05-03 11:03:11 AM  
so articles from May 2012 are news again?
 
2012-05-03 11:07:03 AM  
Waffle House - New name for the White House under President Rmoney?
 
2012-05-03 11:08:09 AM  

mod3072: We don't have Waffle Houses in this part of the country. I guess if we ever have a disaster, we're just SOL.


You'd be surprised. There are waffle houses in most every state now, though generally up north its only in the more rural areas.
http://www.wafflehouse.com/locator
 
2012-05-03 11:08:22 AM  
Waffle House RULES. My two best marathon times are almost certainly a result of my eating at Waffle House the day before. No, it's not from trying desperately to find a place to go to the loo while running.

/Also the friendliest places EVAR.
 
2012-05-03 11:09:33 AM  

tabo: so articles from May 2012 are news again?


my bad. for some reason, i thought it was 2013. not really sure why. sorry.
 
2012-05-03 11:09:50 AM  

tabo: so articles from May 2012 are news again?


ha ha. that's what you get for going out of your way to be snarky.
 
2012-05-03 11:12:01 AM  

loonatic112358: they could use any major chain, dennys, ihop, walmart


Not IHOP. Since it's International, that means the UN is involved. Disaster recovery has to go through the General Assembly, and then there's the war crimes tribunals in The Hague.

Either way, it's gonna take months to get a strongly worded pancake
 
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2012-05-03 11:14:20 AM  
and the waffle hut charges the gov't how much for this info? you know they'll pay anything....ANYTHING
 
2012-05-03 11:19:35 AM  

ows: and the waffle hut charges the gov't how much for this info? you know they'll pay anything....ANYTHING


I thought it was pancake hut vs waffle house. I don't think there is a waffle hut.
 
2012-05-03 11:28:51 AM  
Subby is just finding out about this now? I don't consider myself widely knowledgeable, yet I've known about the "Waffle House Index" for years.

Oh, I know why.

/whatever
 
2012-05-03 11:30:38 AM  
Usually the disaster occurs a few hours after leaving a Waffle House
 
2012-05-03 11:31:38 AM  

Publikwerks: Either way, it's gonna take months to get a strongly worded pancake


mmmmm, international incident blintzes
 
2012-05-03 11:57:08 AM  

MindStalker: ows: and the waffle hut charges the gov't how much for this info? you know they'll pay anything....ANYTHING

I thought it was pancake hut vs waffle house. I don't think there is a waffle hut.


There is in Arlen Texas. They buy air time on 'King of the Hill' on cartoon network all the time.
 
2012-05-03 11:57:49 AM  
That would the quality of people the local news agencies get to describe what the tornado sounded like.
 
2012-05-03 12:04:30 PM  
Okay, submitter, thanks - because every time I see that oxymoron "Fox News," it makes me laugh and laugh and laugh.

/How DO they get away with calling themselves that, anyway?
 
2012-05-03 12:32:24 PM  

loonatic112358: they could use any major chain, dennys, ihop, walmart


No they couldn't. First off, they need restaurant that is open 24/7/365. Ihops aren't open 24/7 are every location. Denny's close early for certain holidays. Walmart isn't even a restaurant and their hours vary drastically based on location.

Second, they pick Waffle House because that's where the local emergency response crews go to eat during disasters, it's their local watering hole. This means in a serious disaster with a communication blackout, the waffle house will be the first static location with a good idea of what's going on because either someone from local emergency response will be there, or have been there and told the waffle house people what's going on .
 
2012-05-03 01:39:21 PM  
I gotta say, I found the most interesting part right at the end of the article:

It's no accident that Waffle House is so valued in disaster assessment. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed seven of its restaurants and forced 100 more to close in 2005, the chain revamped its disaster preparedness, according to The Wall Street Journal. Much of the effort went into creating a limited menu based on diminished capabilities and keeping supplies near storm-riddled areas.

That's amazingly responsible for an American corporation.
 
2012-05-03 03:37:44 PM  
So if no one picks up the phone---ya know like the Waffle Houses that are completely GONE still in Biloxi. What's that an index of..
 
2012-05-03 03:39:00 PM  
They just want to check in on that special lady... waitin' for 'em at the Waffle House.

/pours 'em a cup like they were old friends
//yeah right, "old friends"
///fema, secret service... same douchebags, different org
 
2012-05-03 03:49:29 PM  

loonatic112358: have never had anything but waffles at the waffle house, is the rest of their menu that bad?


I like Wafffle House, but then again, I live hundreds of miles from the nearest one, so it's always sort of a white trash novelty for me. The other week I had a remarkably thin steak there. I'd never ordered a steak and eggs before. The steak was technically steak, but it was low-grade USDA. You'd never confuse it with a nice Porterhouse. The eggs were fine. Mrs Clam said the coffee was good.

/I make better latkes and waffles at home, but then I have to clean up.
 
2012-05-03 04:11:22 PM  
holy crap on a cracker. many threads has its share of whiners: this is a repeat / why is this news / blah blah blah. meanwhile we all know the basis of the site: It Ain't News, it's FARK.

Drew: thank you. Mods, admins, all the folks who make this site happen: thank you. I don't have much of the happy in my life but it is you, it is FARK that makes me laugh, makes me smile, makes me think. If I didn't have FARK and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (and my dog) i really wouldn't have much reason not to swallow all my meds in one sitting and just check the hell out.
 
2012-05-03 04:26:06 PM  

KrispyKritter: holy crap on a cracker. many threads has its share of whiners: this is a repeat / why is this news / blah blah blah. meanwhile we all know the basis of the site: It Ain't News, it's FARK.

Drew: thank you. Mods, admins, all the folks who make this site happen: thank you. I don't have much of the happy in my life but it is you, it is FARK that makes me laugh, makes me smile, makes me think. If I didn't have FARK and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (and my dog) i really wouldn't have much reason not to swallow all my meds in one sitting and just check the hell out.


Woah... How you doin over there buddy? Need someone to talk to?

/no, really. What's up buddy?
 
2012-05-03 10:03:57 PM  

loonatic112358: have never had anything but waffles at the waffle house, is the rest of their menu that bad?


Oddly, I've never had waffles at Waffle House. The rest of the menu is AWESOME.

/as long as you only visit about twice a year
 
2012-05-04 01:41:18 AM  
Too bad the closest Waffle House is 1,400 miles from where I live.
 
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