Walmart, Walmart Foundation, Sam’s Club and Foundation For The Carolinas Announce $2.5 million to Assist with Hurricane Michael Relief and Recovery

Donations and needed supplies to assist organizations leading Michael
relief efforts

BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, Walmart,
Sam’s Club, and the Walmart Foundation are committing up to $1.5 million
of cash and in-kind support for relief and recovery. In addition, $1
million from the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund held at Foundation
For The Carolinas will support Red Cross efforts for those most impacted
in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

“Our friends and family in the Florida Panhandle are experiencing
tremendous loss as a result of this catastrophic storm,” said Dan
Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart. “We
are actively supporting local relief efforts and will continue to help
communities as they recover.”

This commitment will support organizations like the American Red Cross,
Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope to help meet the needs of those
affected by Hurricane Michael. In addition, Walmart customers will have
the opportunity to give online as part of the Walmart 2018 Hurricane
Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas, helping communities within
the U.S. with hurricane relief and recovery needs. All funds donated
through the donation site will go into a donor advised fund being
managed by Foundation For The Carolinas and will be granted out from
that fund for hurricane relief to nonprofits working on the response.

In emergencies like this the company’s first priority is the safety of
associates. Walmart and Sam’s Club work to take care of associates and
their families by communicating with store and club location management
teams, reminding associates of emergency procedures and what to do
during and after the storm. Other company efforts in response to the
storm include:

  • Providing support to associates who have been impacted with
    disaster-support assistance, setting up support centers in the
    impacted areas, and proactively calling associates to conduct wellness
    checks.
  • Providing prescriptions and immunizations to customers during and
    after this emergency through Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies, which
    will be open as long as conditions are safe for customers and
    associates.
  • Working with suppliers to help stores and clubs stay in stock. Walmart
    stores and Sam’s Clubs will be prepared to open up as soon as possible
    so they can support communities in the affected area, and company
    pharmacies will also work with patients who might be displaced or have
    previously received prescriptions from another pharmacy.
  • Centralizing relief efforts through the Walmart Emergency Operations
    Center (EOC) which operates 24 hours a day tracking storm impacts and
    supporting associates’ needs and well-being. The EOC also facilitates
    store recovery, and is supporting community relief efforts in the
    impacted regions.
  • Activating emergency support teams dedicated to helping stores and
    club locations during critical events such as this one and providing
    subject-matter experts in logistics and emergency management to assist
    local emergency operations centers.

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters,
helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies,
such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to last
year’s hurricane response of more than $38 million, Walmart and the
Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash
and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and
live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and
through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers
and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27
countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of
$500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide.
Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate
philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about
Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com,
on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart
and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart
Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day.
Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million
associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn,
employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by
supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail
workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more
sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where
Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. To learn
more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation

Contacts

Walmart Inc.
Media Relations:
Aaron Mullins, 1-800-331-0085
news.walmart.com/reporter

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