MOORESVILLE, N.C., Sept. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lowe's has committed $2 million to support relief efforts for associates, customers and communities in response to Hurricane Florence's impact on the Southeast. Lowe's will continue to work closely with nonprofit partners and government agencies to determine immediate and long-term support needed by local communities.
To support customers and communities as they prepared for the storm and in the clean-up and recovery that follows, the Lowe's Emergency Command Center has expedited more than 2,800 truckloads of needed supplies, including generators, bottled water, sand, plywood, chainsaws, trash bags, gas cans and tarps. A current list of Lowe's store closings and operating hours in impacted markets is being updated regularly on Lowe's Open House newsroom.
"During an emergency or natural disaster, protecting your family and home is a top priority," said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe's president and CEO. "We are committed to helping residents of the communities we serve by being there when we're needed most – before, during and after a disaster. I'd like to thank our associates for all their hard work and dedication to serving customers and each other during this devastating storm."
Lowe's has also activated its American Red Cross Disaster Relief customer donation program on Lowes.com to provide convenient access for customers to help people affected by disasters.
Additionally, more than 400 associates, who have volunteered to be a part of Lowe's Employee Relief Teams, will deploy to areas hit hardest by Hurricane Florence. Their support will allow affected associates to focus on their families' recovery. Lowe's employs more than 10,000 people in areas impacted by the storm.
Lowe's will further support affected associates by doubling the company's match to the Lowe's Employee Relief Fund, which provides financial assistance in times of crisis. Since it was established in 1999, the fund has helped more than 30,000 associates by providing more than $35 million in financial aid.
In the coming days and weeks, Lowe's Heroes volunteers will provide hands-on relief efforts in local communities affected by the hurricane including distributing more than 10,000 buckets, filled with more than $500,000 in vendor-donated clean-up and recovery products, to help recovery efforts throughout the Southeast.
For more information on Lowe's hurricane response efforts, visit the company's Open House newsroom.
Lowe's, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe's Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.
SOURCE Lowe's Companies, Inc.