The Home Depot is launching a single-day program to prepare residents in storm prone regions for the upcoming hurricane season. On Saturday, July 27, The Home Depot will host Hurricane Preparedness Workshops at more than 700 of its stores from the Gulf Coast to New England.
The expansion of the workshops is one of several preemptive measures the company is taking in preparation for 2013 hurricane activity, which is once again predicted to be above average, noted the retailer. Workshop leaders will cover critical hurricane readiness topics, such as storm prep projects, generator safety, sizing generators for specific home or business needs and assembling disaster preparedness kits.
“Just as The Home Depot pre-plans and prepares for disasters of all types, we want to help our customers ready their homes and businesses for hurricanes,” said Marvin Ellison, evp/U.S. Stores. “We play a critical role in the disaster response infrastructure before and after storms, and we have expanded that focus to more stores and facilities in our Northern Division.”
In addition to moving workshops farther north this year, The Home Depot has expanded its hurricane operating plan and has enhanced its supply chain readiness in northern facilities, including a new rail-connected distribution depot serving Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn. The company also recently announced the opening of a unique satellite storm recovery location in Seaside Heights, NJ, for post-Sandy recovery.
Hurricane Preparedness Workshops are free and will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. local time. Participating stores and registration information is located at workshops.homedepot.com, where customers can find information on all other Home Depot workshops year-round, including DIY, Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids Workshops.