Intersection: Craig Fugate & The Waffle House Index
Before he was appointed head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under President Obama, Craig Fugate directed Florida’s response to hurricanes and natural disasters.
Fugate is now a senior adviser with Blue Dot strategies, and joined Intersection to talk about hurricanes and flood recovery.
After the 2004 hurricane season Fugate created something he calls the “Waffle House Index” to indicate the severity of a storm.
“If they’re open and they have a full menu, they’re green, things aren’t that bad, if they’re open but have a limited menu, which generally means they’ve lost power there’s probably mass care issues, and if you get there and the waffle house is closed it’s pretty bad,” Fugate said.
“For a lot of people right after a big storm just getting to an open restaurant and sitting down and getting a meal is a lot of times one of the first big reliefs they’re gonna get.”
This is an excerpt from an interview that first aired on Intersection in August 2017