Three Waffle House locations in Barry's path are shut down right now:One in Morgan City, another in the city of Gray and a third outside of Kenner, according to Pat Warner,the director of PR and External Affairs.
Warner saidmany variables go into the decision to close a restaurant, including mandatory evacuations, power, water, utilities, flooding, access and staffing available.
Waffle House operations are one way that the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses to determine how bad a storm is seriously.
FEMA coined the term "Waffle House Index" to measure the effect of a natural disaster on an area. If a Waffle House shuts down or limits its menu after such hazards, federal officials conclude the community took a major hit.
"The Waffle House test just doesn't tell us how quickly a business might rebound it also tells how the larger community is faring," FEMAsaid in a 2011 blog post when Craig Fugate was administrator.
"The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-open, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again signaling a strong recovery for that community."