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CVS Health deployed a CVS mobile pharmacy unit at the NRG Center in Houston to aid in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Though Hurricane Harvey has dissipated, it has left many in the Greater Houston area as well as parts of southwestern Louisiana reeling in its aftermath. From initial estimates it appears Harvey’s economic impact will be every bit as staggering as its winds were.

Financial analysis firm Moody’s Analytics tallies the costs of the storm’s destruction at around $75 billion, most of which will go to covering homes, vehicles, businesses, infrastructure and lost economic output.

Collaborating with public health partners and emergency preparedness authorities in the affected regions, many member companies of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores are helping to meet the ongoing needs of Harvey’s victims.

Through the Albertsons Cos. Foundation, Albertsons Cos. is matching the first $200,000 donated by customers. Albertsons has also teamed up ScriptDrop, a prescription delivery service, to ensure patients affected by the storm are able to get their meds.

CVS Pharmacy and CVS Caremark also stepped up, both activating a process allowing pharmacists to provide one-time emergency refills of a 10-day supply of medication for plan members in impacted areas. On top of that, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation announced $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to organizations helping with Harvey relief efforts, including $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Red Cross, and $25,000 to the Salvation Army.

CVS said it will also match employee contributions up to $25,000. CVS was also working with the Texas Department of State Health Services to set up temporary pharmacies in emergency shelters in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.

Texas-based H-E-B, one of the largest independent regional chains in the country, has activated its Emergency Response Team to provide relief to communities near the Texas coast affected by the storm. These emergency teams include disaster relief units and H-E-B mobile kitchens. H‑E‑B has donated a total of $1 million which includes food bank donations, disaster relief units and monetary commitments.

The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of health insurance company Humana, gave a $250,000 immediate grant to the Red Cross.

Hy-Vee Inc. announced that it will be accepting customers’ donations for the storm’s victims and will match all donations received from August 30 to September 30, up to $100,000.

Market Basket Pharmacies is shipping extra truckloads of essential products for inclement weather, such as water, batteries, canned meat and bread.

Publix Super Markets Inc. established a program to offer its customers and associates a way to directly assist those areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, Publix Super Markets Charities donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in the recovery.
Southeastern Grocers LLC together with the Southeastern Grocers Foundation announced the launch of a community donation program in support of the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief.

Target Corp. committed to $3 million to aid in the relief efforts, which adds to the $500,000 the company donated on August 28 to national disaster relief organizations. Target also provided $100 Target gift cards to more than 10,000 of its team members in the impacted areas to help them get the supplies that they need to take care of themselves and their families. Lastly, an additional $500,000 in cash and products will be donated across several different organizations that provide community support, including a food donation to Feeding America and additional funds to Target stores to use for supporting local ­nonprofits.

The Kroger Co. Foundation announced the commitment of $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank to supply operational support and meals to families affected by the floods. For every social share of the #KrogerCares post, the foundationwill donate $5 to the Food Bank, up to $100,000. Additionally, Kroger is inviting customers to join giving efforts by donating through in-store ­programs.

Walgreens has donated food items, first aid and medical equipment to the American Red Cross emergency shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Walgreens has committed to a $200,000 donation to the American Red Cross relief efforts, and customers can donate to the American Red Cross at store checkouts.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are taking a big role, committing up to $20 million in support of relief efforts. This includes $10 million focused on support of American Red Cross shelters and $2 million in support of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will give additional cash and product donations totaling $10 million to support the Salvation Army, Feeding America, Convoy of Hope, Team Rubicon and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.


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