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Florida deals with Dorian

By HBSDealer Staff - 09/02/2019
With Hurricane Dorian barreling through the Atlantic and headed straight for Florida, along with the Southeastern U.S., industry retailers are bracing for impact.

As of Monday afternoon, Dorian was described by weather experts as a slow-moving Category 4 storm that was expected to move dangerously close to Florida's coast by Monday night.

A Lowe's associate in Pompano Beach, Fla. prepares for Hurricane Dorian.

Lowe’s said that its Emergency Command Center was officially activated on Aug. 29, but on the previous Monday a core team had been working to make sure emergency supplies were already moving. The Mooresville, N.C.-based retailer said it had shipped more than 600 truckloads of supplies and materials to areas that could be hit by Dorian, including plywood and generators.

The Home Depot has also activated its Disaster Response Command Center to support customers and communities preparing for the storm. Merchandising, operations and supply chain teams from Home Depot are working with suppliers and transportation partners to move supplies to stores in the storm’s potential path, the Atlanta-based company said.

The Home Depot Foundation said it is working with national disaster response nonprofits such as American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing and All Hands and Hearts. This spring, prior to hurricane season, the Foundation pre-stocked the warehouses of various nonprofit partners with emergency supplies to ensure they are prepared to activate to impacted communities quickly.

“Whenever a storm is approaching, our hope is that any damage and impact to communities is minimal, but we’re prepared and ready to respond before and after a storm strikes to support our communities and our associates,” said Hector Padilla, president of The Home Depot’s Southern Division. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our associates, our vendors and The Home Depot Foundation’s nonprofit partners.”

In July, Lowe's Bucket Brigade filled up more than 20,000 blue buckets with relief supplies in anticipation of hurricane season.  Lowe’s vendor partners donated more than $1 million in supplies to help.

Home Depot has more than 150 stores in the area that could be in Dorian’s path. Stores will remain open until safety is a concern.

Lowe’s operates more than 120 stores in Florida. The company said it has additional trucks from Georgia, North Carolina and Florida staged for deliveries.

Reports have already surfaced that supplies are running low in some regions. According to News 6 in Orlando, plywood needed to board up homes has already being “picked clean” at some stores.