Bentonville, ARK. -- In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support for relief efforts through cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations helping in response.
"We are deeply concerned about the devastating impact Irma is expected to have on the families and communities we serve," said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. "We are committed to recovery efforts for our customers, associates and neighbors and will be there to help them through this difficult time."
Walmart is taking action by:
Centralizing preparedness efforts through the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which operates 24 hours a day, tracking storm impacts and supporting our associates' needs and well-being.
Taking care of our associates by communicating with our store and club location management teams, reminding our associates of emergency procedures and what to do before, during and after the storm.
Activating emergency support teams dedicated to helping our stores and club locations during critical events such as this one, and providing subject matter experts in logistics and emergency management to assist local emergency operations centers.
Mobilizing truckloads of water into the potentially affected area to help meet the growing demand, understanding that water is a need across the region.
Supporting operators in the field and our replenishment teams to help ensure that shelves remain appropriately stocked.
Ensuring that our stores and club locations remain open for our customers as long as safe conditions prevail. If mandatory evacuations are ordered, we will close our facilities with enough time for our associates to secure shelter for them and their families.
Walmart and Sam's Club also continues to support Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery and is working with organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope to coordinate work with elected officials and governmental entities. The company will continue to monitor Hurricane Irma and all other active storms in the coming days.
For the latest on response and recovery efforts, visit: corporate.walmart.com/Irma
Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping our communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. Since 2005, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.