Lowe's ‘command center’ prepares for further storms

Lowe’s will continue the use of its Gulf Coast hurricane “command center,” following landfall of hurricane Gustav and continuing as tropical storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine affect the south and southeastern regions.

The retailer earlier announced that 30 of its stores in the Gulf Coast region had closed -- they have since reopened -- while a further 70 stores were under “command center watch” to help distribute goods to any residents affected by the storms. Lowe’s works with vendors to quickly ship essential hurricane preparation and relief products to stores and regional distribution centers.

"Lowe's command center is in full activation, and we are expediting as much emergency product into affected communities to help customers recover when they return home," said Larry D. Stone, Lowe's president and COO, in a statement.

Certain Lowe's employees in the southeast, members of the retailer’s Storm Recovery Teams, are on standby throughout the region, Stone added.

Additionally, the company has set up hurricane relief donation sites at stores nationwide, part of the company’s ongoing partnership with the Red Cross.