As the southeast U.S. prepares for Hurricane Irma to potentially make landfall, Lowe’s is working around the clock to help communities prepare for the storm. Here are a few things already under way:
- Lowe’s Emergency Command Center in Wilkesboro, North Carolina works 24/7 to get critical supplies to stores in impacted areas. The command center has been in full-activation since before the first major hurricane, Harvey, made landfall in Texas.
- Lowe’s has already shipped more than 1,600 truckloads of critically needed supplies to Florida stores. Emergency relief supplies also are maintained at Lowe’s stores in hurricane-prone areas, like Florida, to help with preparation and recovery.
- Supply chain teams are quickly moving pre-storm products like nails and plywood and immediate post-storm necessities like fans and dehumidifiers to Florida.
- Lowe’s is working with the Florida Department of Transportation, FEMA and Homeland Security to maintain inventory levels and replenish storm inventory in areas of need.
- Lowe’s coastal holding facility in Palmetto, Georgia is a disaster relief storage facility, with approximately 250,000 square feet of space reserved just for emergency supplies. It maintains a supply of generators, chain saws, gas cans, box fans, five-gallon buckets and other emergency products need for tornadoes, hurricanes and floods, and employees there have been hard at work getting those supplies to potentially-impacted areas.
Lowe’s Emergency Command Center will continue to monitor Hurricane Irma, and relief efforts are still under way in Texas.