Since 2007, the First Response Team of America has worked alongside community organizations to provide immediate assistance in the wake of disasters. Utilizing specialized vehicles and equipment, the First Response Team is able to bring critical aid to areas that are otherwise inaccessible to relief workers.
Lowe’s has been a national partner of the First Response Team since 2012. During this time, we’ve donated more than $2 million in funding and thousands of volunteer hours to assist the team’s disaster relief efforts. Each of the past two years, we’ve contributed $750,000 in funding, up from $500,000 in 2013 and $250,000 in 2012. These contributions supported the First Response Team’s efforts in bringing relief and aid to hundreds of impacted individuals across the U.S.
More than 100 Lowe’s Heroes also joined in the recovery activities, working to clear the roads of debris, helping homeowners recover belongings and distributing goods and supplies to affected community members. In April, Lowe’s Heroes joined the team as it helped more than 300 people recover after a tornado caused widespread damage in Fairdale and Rochelle, Illinois. A month later, the First Response Team partnered with Lowe’s Heroes from six stores to help homeowners after a strong tornado churned through northeast Texas.
The First Response Team has come to the aid of nearly 700 people impacted by disaster in 2015.
First Response Team of America