Local Companies Respond to Irma Devastation

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Hurricane Irma is weakening, but it is still hovering over Florida.

The hurricane sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. Early damage reports put the cost of repair at $250 billion. That total is more than what has been projected for Hurricane Harvey. Irma is now expected to move to north Florida and toward Georgia on Monday.

In Northwest Arkansas companies and organizations are looking ahead to how they’ll respond to the devastation of Hurricane Irma. The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas is working to help the organization’s national efforts. As of September 10, it has more than 3,000 trained volunteers and staff on hand ready to help once the winds die down.

On Sunday, Walmart donated an additional $10 million to 2017 hurricane relief efforts. This brings the company’s total donated for the year up to $30 million. Walmart says it will continue assessing the situation in Florida and continue to help as it can. Aside from the $30 million donated this year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million toward disaster relief efforts since 2005.

 

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