Less than one month after Hurricane Florence made landfall on the coast of the Carolinas, Lowe’s is reopening its Emergency Command Center to prepare for and respond to another major storm: Hurricane Michael.
Hurricane Michael, a Category 2 storm as of Tuesday morning, is expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle Wednesday evening.
Lowe’s Emergency Command Center, located in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, was officially reactivated on Monday, October 8. A satellite command center has also been set up inside Lowe’s corporate headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina. Together, along with distribution facilities in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, the groups are working to ship truckloads of supplies, including generators, bottled water, sand, plywood, gas cans and tarps to areas in the path of Hurricane Michael.
As the storm progresses, Lowe’s will continue to monitor the weather and adjust inventory in stores to meet the needs of local communities. All Lowe’s store are equipped with emergency backup generators and can quickly reopen when it’s safe after a storm or power outage. Lowe’s will keep an updated list of stores that are closed or have adjusted hours due to the storm, online.
Visit Lowe’s website for more information on preparing a storm kit, tips on how to operate a generator, how protect windows and doors and a list of recommend tools and supplies. Lowe’s stores in coastal communities have essential hurricane products such as flashlights, batteries and weather radios conveniently located in the front of the stores so that residents can easily assemble an emergency kit.
The Emergency Command Center was created in 1989 in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, which caused more than $7 billion worth of damage in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.