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How Lowe’s Helps You Prepare for Natural Disasters

Lowe’s offers online resources, installation and repair support, and other services that can help you get ready before disaster strikes—and clean up after a major weather event.
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Lowe’s store associates went door-to-door in Little Rock, Arkansas, to pass out supplies and help residents clean up.


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According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, the United States faced nearly 30 natural disasters in 2023 that required a billion dollars or more of relief and cleanup after the event. Every year, it seems like we hear about more extreme weather events like devastating tornadoes and hurricanes, “once in a generation” snowstorms, raging wildfires, and more. In fact, notes that climate events pose a threat to nearly half of the homes in the country.

Unfortunately, you can’t control whether your home is in the path of a natural disaster. However, you can control how prepared you and your family will be should a disaster strike. We reached out to Laurel Waller, the manager of corporate communications–public relations at Lowe’s to learn more about what the home improvement company is doing to support community members and help them prepare for the unthinkable. Read on to learn more about the resources, supplies, and hands-on help Lowe’s has to offer.

Useful Resources for Disaster Prep and Recovery

“The Emergency Command Center serves as a one-stop online guide to help customers prepare, clean up, and recover from disasters and severe weather,” says Waller. The page offers links for various disaster types, such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornadoes, and under each section provides actionable tips and product recommendations to help you prepare. 

The website also includes several how-to guides to help further prepare for extreme weather and other disasters. With step-by-step instructions and videos, these guides can support individuals with varying skill levels. Below are a few guides that you may find helpful:

Gear to Get You Ready

Lowe’s stores in the hardest-hit areas will host bucket brigade events to distribute free cleanup supplies to residents who are continuing recovery efforts.

Being prepared for a disaster can mean the difference between life and death, literally. Be proactive and start shopping now for all the essentials you need to keep on hand. Below are some of the items Waller recommends adding to your disaster safety kit:

Installation and Repair Services

In addition to helping you find all the tools and gear you need to prepare for natural disasters, Lowe’s offers installation services. “Through Lowe’s Home Services, customers can connect with Lowe’s service providers to help complete projects ranging from installing standby generators to prepare for a disaster to helping customers clean up after a storm like removing wet carpet and drywall,” says Waller.

Community Disaster Relief Support

Lowe's will deploy its Tool Rental Disaster Response Trailer to the Hazard store to give impacted residents affordable rental options for one-time use equipment such as generators and chainsaws.

Even with the best preparation, major natural disasters can still leave a path of destruction in their wake. Waller says, “Lowe’s priority is to be there for our associates and communities before, during, and after a natural disaster. Following disasters, our recovery efforts include distributing critically needed cleanup supplies through our Bucket Brigades; partnering with our pro nonprofit partners like the Salvation Army to support their relief efforts; and deploying our mobile Tool Rental Disaster Response Trailer to help people get both homes and businesses up and running.”

Following the advice of being prepared in advance, Lowe’s doesn’t wait until a disaster strikes to start mobilization efforts. “Lowe’s best-in-class Emergency Command Center in North Carolina and strategically located distribution facilities allow Lowe’s to expedite emergency supplies to our store communities,” Waller says. “Prior to a disaster striking, Lowe’s pre-stages trucks of product in the region to respond quickly to a variety of impacts, including power outages and wind damage.”