Monday, April 03, 2006


Wal-Mart and Disaster Preparedness

Yesterday I listened to the Discovery Channel while blogging. The show was about hurricanes. I missed the name of the show as I was blogging and listening TV that was in the next room.

The narrator began explaining about Wal-Mart and how is responded to potential disasters. With predictable disasters, such as hurricanes, Wal-Mart would ship items to its stores in the area that it anticipated people would want and need, bottled water, batteries, and apparently beer and Pop Tarts.

I have blogged before about how well Wal-Mart responded to Hurricane Katrina. The blurb on the Discovery Channel added some perspective.

According to the show: The number one selling item before a hurricane? Beer. The number one selling item after a hurricane? Pop Tarts. Of course, as we saw in response to Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart had plenty of bottled water, generators, and other emergency related items on hand.

Maybe FEMA could learn a thing or to from Wal-Mart.

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