As Waffle House officials monitor Hurricane Florence from the company's headquarters in Norcross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is monitoring Waffle House.
CBS46 News got a tour inside the Waffle House 'war room' Wednesday. Many of its executives were busy monitoring hurricane models and deciding where to move supplies.
Waffle House is one of a handful of business chains FEMA monitors in times of crisis to gauge how a region is coping with and recovering from disasters. Waffle House has 230 restaurants along the coast of the Carolinas and many more inland. Because they're open 24 hours a day, closing a Waffle House restaurant is a big deal.
As of noon Wednesday, Waffle House executives had made the decision to close eight of those restaurants that appear to be in the direct path of the hurricane. They expected to close more as the hurricane approaches.
Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner said it's flattering that the company has such a high profile in the eyes of FEMA.
"We just feed people. We cook food. We're not solving world problems, but people look to us to be that bellwether on how quickly the community's coming back," said Pat Warner. "That is cool. We like that."Copyright 2018 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.