Supporting Our Communities
Whether the disaster is an earthquake, fire, flood, tornado or hurricane, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are first in line to lend a helping hand to the communities we serve. Working collaboratively with the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are able to provide life-sustaining items and much needed peace of mind to those in need of assistance. We’re proud to support disaster relief efforts in communities around the world.
Walmart store managers are empowered by the company to assist emergency responders in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Often times, Walmart stores will provide emergency merchandise needs specific to the needs of the response. Such examples include bottled water for first responders, office supplies for command posts, flashlights and batteries for search and rescue crews.
Walmart also provides cash and in-kind donations to our disaster relief partners, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Shelter supply in-kind donations often include water, grab and go snacks, personal hygiene products, blankets, board games, etc.
April Tornado Response
April 30, 2014Statement:
It saddens us to know that so many individuals and families have been personally impacted by the horrible tornadoes that have ripped through the southern U.S. this week. These communities and neighborhoods are where so many of our associates and customers call home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. Walmart is committed to the communities we serve and we are working on several ways to support those in need.
In the aftermath of any disaster, we have three major priorities: taking care of our associates, making sure our stores and clubs have the support they need to serve our customers and to assess ways we can help with local community relief efforts.
Below is the latest situation report from the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as of April 30, 2014:
Walmart Situation Report: 4-30-14
Associates – Our primary focus right now is meeting the immediate needs of all of our associates, some of who have lost everything. Several associates have reported homes damaged or destroyed. Disaster Displacement Assistance has been granted to 34 associates with more requests being processed. Crisis Counseling is being made available to all impacted associates.
Operations – All stores are currently open. At the peak of the storm, seven facilities lost power but have since reopened. No significant damages have been reported.
Communities – Walmart is committed to being a community partner in recovery efforts. We are working closely with the Salvation Army, Red Cross and other agencies to monitor further ways to help.
Donations continue to be made at a local and corporate level. Donations have included truckloads of water as well as pallets of cleaning supplies, work gloves, grab and go snacks for emergency responders, flashlights, batteries, blankets, toiletries, basic shelter supplies, etc.