Disaster Relief & Preparedness
We aim to use our internal resources to identify emerging risks, help facilities and associates prepare for disasters, respond when disasters strike and serve as a triage point for emergencies whether in our stores or out in the community.
While Walmart has always helped communities in times of disaster, the experience of Hurricane Katrina helped us realize how we best draw on our strengths to provide relief in the aftermath of disaster. Since Katrina, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have formalized our disaster response program to quickly help those who have been hit hardest. Our philanthropy aims to improve entire systems, not just respond in the moment. Walmart.org supports efforts to help communities build resiliency and respond more quickly and effectively when disaster strikes.
In the past two years, for example, we gave nearly $50 million in cash, water, food and other products to support victims of hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes. Additionally, during the same time period, we have raised $44 million in donations from customers to support hurricane relief.
Our Focus Areas
When disaster strikes – earthquakes in Mexico and China, major wildfires in California and Canada, flooding in Peru and hurricanes across the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico - our presence in 27 countries and thousands of U.S. locations positions Walmart to provide support through product donations and supply chain operations. In addition to relief efforts, we also mobilize our associates. For example, during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Walmart embedded teams in Red Cross shelters to provide food, medication, and emergency assistance. When a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico in September of that same year, Walmart associates in the states of Puebla, Morelos and CDMX worked together to staff collection centers in our offices, distribution centers, stores and clubs.
As with all our efforts, our philanthropy seeks to improve entire systems. We’re committed to helping communities respond more quickly and effectively before and after disasters. This is exemplified by our investments in disaster preparedness technology.
Walmart has provided grant support to the Red Cross to develop RCView, a tool that helps response agencies gather, analyze and share disaster impact and response information more effectively, improving situational awareness and enhancing collaboration in times of disaster.
Applications are by invitation only for 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalent organizations outside the U.S.) whose work directly relates to the above focus areas. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted.