The Home Depot Prepares for Hurricane Season with Workshops in Nearly 700 Stores from Texas to Maine

Associates join volunteers from American Red Cross, FEMA and Team Rubicon to help coastal communities prepare for hurricane season

ATLANTA, May 27, 2015 – The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, will host its third annual Hurricane Preparedness Workshops on Saturday, May 30, 2015. The one-day event, held in nearly 700 stores from the Gulf Coast to New England, will help prepare residents in storm-prone regions ahead of hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Hurricane Workshops are part of The Home Depot’s commitment to educate residents on critical storm readiness topics and will cover understanding hurricane alerts and categories, creating a storm survival kit, choosing a generator, weathering a hurricane safely and repairing a home after a storm has passed.

“Our associates are passionate about being a trusted resource for our communities, friends and neighbors in both storm preparation and disaster recovery,” said Marc Powers, executive vice president, U.S. Stores, The Home Depot. “As our company prepares for hurricane season, our Hurricane Preparedness workshops encourage communities to prepare to be in the best possible position when a storm strikes. For our customers who cannot make the workshops we also offer great tips at www.homedepot.com/hurricane and our knowledgeable associates are always willing to help with any project.”

For the third year in a row, the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will participate in The Home Depot’s Hurricane Workshops. For the first time, Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that unites the skills of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams in communities impacted by natural disasters, also will join The Home Depot’s Hurricane Workshops.

Hurricane Preparedness Workshops are free, open to the public and will be held on Saturday, May 30, from 10-11:30 a.m. local time. Participating stores and registration information can be found online at workshops.homedepot.com. Customers not able to attend the event can learn more about hurricane preparedness through our virtual hurricane workshop.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,270 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

SOURCE: Home Depot