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FEMA: What Does Waffle House have to do with Risk Management?

Federal Emergency Management Agency Director W. Craig Fugate coins the "Waffle House Index: in the wake of a natural disaster."

What do Waffle Houses have to do with risk and disaster management? 

As anyone who has heard Administrator Fugate speak once or twice knows, more than you might think. During his days as the head of Florida’s Department of Emergency Management, Craig began to use a simple test to determine how quickly a community might be able to get up and running again after a disaster: The Waffle House test.

If this comparison seems odd at first, think again.

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