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Episode 67
October 11, 2022

How Natural Disasters Impact Restaurant Operations

Guest Speakers:
  • Larry Sigler
This week on Order Up, Karly is joined by Larry Sigler, Director of Food Safety for Waffle House, to discuss the brand’s reputation as a resource for communities during natural disasters and how to approach storm preparation. In this episode, learn how Waffle House anticipates the impact of the storm, how they support their team members in those communities, and the benefits of trusting decisions to be made out in the field.

(1:26) – Introducing Larry Sigler
(2:55) – Waffle House Index
(5:43) – Facing disaster
7:58) – Preparation and tracking hurricanes
(9:56) – Equipment and partnerships with vendors
(10:30) – Communication strategies
(11:31) – Support of jump teams

Waffle House’s disaster readiness and response highlighted in the news: WHIO-TV, Action News Jax, and The Wall Street Journal. Visit The National Restaurant Association’s Always Ready: Natural Disasters guide to learn more.

Participate in the National Restaurant Association’s 2023 What's Hot Culinary Trends Survey.

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