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Walmart: Remembering Katrina

Thursday, August 20, 2015  
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Kathleen McLaughlin|President, Walmart Foundation & SVP, Walmart Corporate Affairs

Dear Jason,

This month marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina devastating the Gulf Coast. At Walmart this is an emotional milestone. It wasn't just something we followed from a distance; we lived it in our stores, clubs, and communities. It's impossible for us to overstate how much respect this company has for the people in places like New Orleans, Biloxi, and Waveland who not only weathered the storm, but who helped their neighbors and friends -- when help was needed the most.

In the brutal hours after the massive storm hit land, brave Walmart associates did whatever was needed to help their communities. These associates overcame large obstacles to get salvageable supplies out of damaged stores and donate them. At the same time, Walmart truck drivers started bringing in massive quantities of supplies from unaffected regions of the United States. Katrina changed forever how Walmart thought about our ability to use company resources and strengths to help others.

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In the next few days, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will make a major commitment to global disaster relief and resiliency work. You canclick here on Friday morningto see more about this announcement.This anniversary is not just a moment to think about the past, but a time to ask how we will be better prepared for any disasters in the future. In fact one federal study says that every $1 spent on preparedness saves $4 on relief efforts.

In New Orleans on Friday afternoon, Walmart will convene some of the leading voices in disaster relief with people who were there helping communities during Katrina. Our CEO Doug McMillon will lead this important discussion about preparedness and the future of disaster relief. You canclick here at 2:00 p.m. CST to watch.

Over the next week as the nation pauses to remember Hurricane Katrina, mourn the victims, and honor all those who provided help, I invite you to join us in also reflecting on what we have all learned about disaster preparedness, recovery and mitigation since then. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will continue to collaborate with communities and our many partners to help strengthen resilience.

I hope you can join us online for theFriday afternoon webcastand I hope you will join us in thinking more about how the private and public sectors can work together to make any state, or any community, better prepared for the unexpected.


Kathleen McLaughlin
President, Walmart Foundation & SVP, Walmart Corporate Affairs


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