Following Post-Katrina Success, Wal-Mart Readies for Alberto

JUNE 13, 2006 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CST

BENTONVILLE, AR - Executives from Bentonville-based Wal-Mart gave a primer yesterday on how it responded so quickly after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and cities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

With Tropical Storm Alberto taking aim on Florida the retail giant says it is again ready to do its part.

Company officials say eight warehouses in the Southeast are stocked full of water, food and emergency supplies.  They expect all 80 Wal-Mart stores and the one distribution center in Florida's Gulf Coast to stay open, despite being under a hurricane warning.

After rushing in truckloads of supplies and reopening stores following Katrina, Wal-Mart officials realized the private sector would be expected to do more in times of disaster.  So the chain has been working more closely to plan with government agencies, the Red Cross and even rivals like Target.

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