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Old 03-04-2015, 10:32 AM
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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I just listened to a fascinating story on NPR.

When disaster strikes, FEMA turns to Waffle House | Marketplace.org

The 24-hour restaurant chain prides itself on serving its customers at all hours of the day, seven days a week. And FEMA caught on to this. They discovered that if a Waffle House was closed after a storm, then that meant things were really bad.

“It just doesn’t happen where Waffle House is normally shut down,” said Philip Strouse, FEMA’s private sector liaison for the Southeast.

Strouse said Waffle Houses are able to bounce back relatively quickly after a natural disaster, and have a good sense of what their statuses are in a community.

“They’re the canary in the coalmine, if you will,” Strouse said.
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:43 AM
Location: O4W
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Wow. What a beautiful story. Did Shakespeare write that?
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:45 AM
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I don't doubt that at all. After a hurricane in AL the waffle house wannabe place I worked was one of the first businesses to have power restored. It was located down the street from the power company and all the workers came in for their free coffee for the three weeks it took to get power restored to the entire area. I bet the place wasn't shut for more than the 12 hours it took the hurricane to blow through.
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