Lowe’s prepares for Hurricane Michael

The retailer opens its Emergency Command Center as Panhandle braces for Category 2 hurricane.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Just weeks removed from facing Hurricane Florence in its own backyard, Lowe’s is bracing for the lingering impact of another storm and has reopened its Emergency Command Center.

Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle Wednesday evening as a Category 4 hurricane. Wind speeds were reported at 155 m.p.h., that’s 2 m.p.h. south of Category 5 strength.

Lowe’s said it reopened its center in Wilkesboro, N.C. on Oct. 8. Additionally, a satellite command center is set up inside Lowe’s corporate headquarters in Mooresville.

Distribution centers in Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas have already begun shipping truckloads of supplies to areas in the path of the storm. This includes generators, bottled water, sand, plywood, gas cans, and tarps.

The home improvement retailers said it will continue to monitor the weather and make inventory adjustments as needed. All of 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 is also maintaining an updated list of stores that are closed or have adjusted hours due to the storm, online.

For the past month, Lowe’s has been actively supporting areas that were hit by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, including assisting some of its own employees.

The Lowe’s 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.




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