Relief efforts continue throughout much of the southeast as Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee recover from the effects of Hurricane Ida. More than one million people have been left without electricity and at least one person has died because of the storm. Not to mention, many have been left stranded without shelter and food.
To address the destruction of Hurricane Ida, the White House has deployed more than 3,600 FEMA employees and distributed more than 3.4 million meals to those in need. Also, New York, Colorado, California and several other states have deployed response teams to help with search and rescue missions. Adding to the relief efforts, Lowe's has donated $2 million to help with Hurricane Ida relief recovery. Half of the donation will assist the company's relief partners like American Red Cross and the St. Bernard Project. Another $1 million will go toward support product donations. Beyond financial contributions, Lowe's will also send "500 trucks with emergency supplies to more than 60 stores directly in Hurricane Ida’s path in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama." Not to mention, the company plans to send 240 Emergency Response Team members to affected areas.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities devastated by Hurricane Ida,” Lowe's Chairman and CEO Marvin R. Ellison said in a press statement earlier today.
“Our stores are continuing to serve their communities when it’s needed most, and this $2 million donation to support our nonprofit partners and Pros will help recovery and rebuilding efforts for months to come. In addition, we are assisting our associates in the hurricane’s path by helping with evacuation expenses, deploying emergency response teams and doubling our company match through our Employee Relief Fund.”
In the coming weeks, Lowe's is prepared to send additional ERT members. Stores across the country will also host "bucket brigade" events that will distribute free cleanup supplies to those in need.