ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Craig Fugate, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will headline a free NACS webinar for convenience retailers on how to plan and prepare for emergencies and how to use new resources developed by NACS.
NACS last week released new Convenience Store Emergency Planning and Job Aids, which are available for download. To help retailers implement the customizable planning tools in their stores, NACS is hosting a complimentary webinar, “Convenience Store Emergency Planning,” on Wednesday, July 31 at 1 to 2 p.m. ET. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot.
Fugate, who served as FEMA chief under the Obama Administration, is the creator of FEMA’s “Waffle House Index.” It’s an informal barometer of the severity of storm damage and has three levels:
- Green—local Waffle House is open with a full menu, so damage is minimal
- Yellow—Waffle House is open but with a limited menu, meaning the restaurant is operating with limited power or running on a generator or food supplies are low
- Red—The restaurant is closed, indicating severe damage or flooding
The NACS emergency planning resources are a result of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Protection Program Challenge, which was a project awarded to NACS in 2018 to identify and enhance how convenience stores can boost their resiliency as they plan, prepare and recover from a disaster.
“Communities and emergency response teams depend on their local convenience stores in times of need, especially for much-needed food, water and fuel,” said Carolyn Schnare, NACS director of strategic initiatives. “The webinar and new NACS resources can help retailers evaluate their internal processes for reopening quickly and returning to normalcy.”