The Home Depot Foundation donates up to $300,000 to support tornado and severe flooding response in the United States

ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / May 13, 2024 / The Home Depot Foundation is providing up to $300,000 to support immediate disaster relief and long-term recovery efforts in several states affected by recent tornadoes and severe flooding. In recent weeks, severe weather has caused catastrophic damage to communities in Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee and many others. Preliminary reports from NOAA indicate that there were more than 500 tornado reports in the United States in April and May.

The Home Depot Foundation is partnering with Operation Blessing, Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, the American Red Cross and more to be on the ground in these communities immediately after the storms, providing support and shelter, distributing relief supplies and meals and to assist with clean-up and relief efforts.

“Every second counts when responding to a disaster. The Home Depot Foundation’s support and partnership throughout the year helps us prepare and respond quickly when disasters strike,” said Drew Friedrich, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Blessing. “With their help, we have distributed more than 100,000 meals in our meal kits and 1,400 disaster relief kits to those in need in recent weeks.”

Team Depot, The Home Depot’s volunteer corps, has partnered with local and national nonprofits to donate and distribute much-needed emergency supplies and assist in removing debris from roads, neighborhoods and homes. In recent weeks, The Home Depot Foundation has donated more than $50,000 in emergency supplies through local stores to help those in need.

“We have seen firsthand the devastation in these communities and we know they will need significant support in the weeks and months ahead,” said Erin Izen, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “Our goal at The Home Depot Foundation is to be there every step of the way for communities affected by disaster. From our associates who provide boots on the ground in the wake of a storm, to additional funding for short- and long-term recovery efforts term, we are committed to supporting our communities during these difficult times.”

Home Depot is actively working to get emergency response products to stores in affected areas. Several urgent truckloads of priority products, including water, chainsaws, generators, tarps and dehumidifiers, have been sent to stores in the Southwest, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Emergency products were moved to the front of stores to make them easily accessible to customers.

The Homer Fund, Home Depot’s employee assistance program, has already provided immediate financial assistance to associates affected by these severe weather events. Affected employees received emergency funds to support the costs of temporary housing, food and clothing. The Homer Fund will continue to provide support to employees affected by these disasters.

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