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Grainger has the Winter Storm Supplies and services to help you prepare, respond and recover from all hazards—including daily disruptions.
Winter storms are an expected seasonal event in many areas of the country, but a more intense winter storm can still immobilize an entire region. Regions not typically impacted can be subjected to freezing temperatures and ice-storms—leading to power outages, road closures, damaged buildings and surge challenges.
Planning for a Winter Storm
A comprehensive emergency plan communicated and tested with your personnel helps minimize loss to your business during a power outage. FEMA, OSHA and NIOSH publish recommendations on building preparedness plans.
Contact your Grainger Representative for a more customized Business Continuity Plan. One of our regional specialists will work with you and your Account Manager.
Winter Storm Preparation Tips
- Dress in layers to maintain proper body warmth and check for frostbite on yourself and others.
- Winterize your facility, buildings that may need to be used as shelters and fleet vehicles. Storms can hit suddenly, be prepared to take shelter wherever you are.
- Insulate pipes and know how to shut off water valves in case pipes freeze and burst.
- Prepare for potential isolation or sheltering-in-place by storing essential supplies sufficient to support your employees for several days. If you already stock emergency supplies, make sure to add rock salt, snow shovels and blankets.
- Keep fire extinguishers accessible since fires are common as people turn to alternate heating sources during extreme cold.
Winter Storm Response
Early detection and response capabilities are improving in the United States, but we cannot control nature. You can mitigate losses with prompt action and a well-planned preparedness and response plan. Most importantly, make sure your communication plan is in place so you can reach all of your employees and confirm their safety.
Winter Storm Response Tips
- Listen to the radio for weather reports and emergency information.
- Stay indoors and off the roads. If you must travel, do so in groups and inform others of your travel plans and route.
- Conserve fuel by closing off unnecessary areas of the building.
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters or gas powered generators to avoid build-up of toxic fumes.
- If you must go out into a winter storm, avoid overexerting yourself. Heart attacks brought on by overexertion is a major cause of death in the winter.
Recovering From a Winter Storm
Data has shown that 40% of businesses that close after a disaster never reopen. So getting back to normal quickly is essential to your business and your employees.
Winter Storm Recovery Tips
- Your recovery needs will vary based on the damage incurred. If ice or heavy snow has damaged your buildings, make sure they are structurally sound before entering.
- Watch for spilled liquids that may have frozen on floors and other surfaces. Check for damaged water and gas pipes promptly.
- If you have water damage, be sure to dry walls, carpets and furniture thoroughly to avoid mold issues. Consider hiring a contractor that specializes in flood remediation.
- If you need to rebuild, work with experts that are knowledgeable in local codes and current practices to effectively reinforce your facility to better withstand future storms.