Facility Preparedness


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Grainger has the products and services you need to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from a wide variety of natural disasters.


Building a Facility Preparedness Plan
A comprehensive emergency plan that has been communicated and tested with your personnel will help minimize loss to your business during a disruption of any kind. FEMA, OSHA and NIOSH have published recommendations on building preparedness plans.


If you are interested in more customized Emergency Preparedness assistance, contact your Grainger Representative.


Prevention is the best and first step to dealing with disruptions that could otherwise turn into emergencies. Creating a safe work environment and conducting regular and comprehensive risk or vulnerability assessments will help you avoid many disruptions and mitigate losses when the unforeseen does occur.


Your ability to return to normal after a disruption depends heavily on how well prepared you were before the event occurred. By developing a clear and comprehensive plan, communicating it to your employees, and conducting regular drills and tabletop exercises, you can mitigate losses from disruptions.

Prevention Tips


  • Get a clear overview of all business-critical information.
  • Check local regulations to ensure compliane with fire and other codes.
  • Understand industry guideines for electrical, chemical and other potentially hazardous materials.
  • Conduct regular safety training.
  • Establish a solid emergency communication plan.
  • Establish procedures for protecting vital equipment and records.
  • Establish proper shutdown procedures.
  • Develop, communicate and deploy your emergency plan.
  • Conduct drills and training to ensure readiness.
  • Develop a plan for helping people with special needs.
  • Know how to shut off utilities.
  • Conduct insurance reviews to make sure your coverage is sufficient.


Immediate response is essential to limiting injuries and loss. Make sure your plan has been clearly communicated to employees and tested. Activate your communication plan to ensure that all employees and visitors to your facility are accounted for and make sure that First Responders have the critical information on the event and injured people.


Response Tips

  • Implement your communication plan to ensure everyone is safe.
  • Contact local authorities and emergency responders immediately.
  • Contact your insurance company and determine if you are eligible for disaster insurance.
  • Develop, communicate and deploy your emergency plan.
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of the area, the facility and your assets.
  • Watch for contaminated water or damage throughout the building, such as gas leaks, broken glass or damaged wiring



Data from past disasters has shown that 40% of businesses that close after a disaster never reopen.  Getting back to normal quickly is essential to your business and your employees.


Grainger specializes in Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) products and equipment. With more than 900,000 products covering virtually all of your facility areas and services to help you more effectively manage your operations, we are ready and able to help you get back to normal quickly.


Recovery Tips

  • Do not return to your facility until officials have declared it safe to do so
  • Continue to ensure the safety of personnel on the property, and assess any remaining hazards
  • Maintain security
  • Focus on critical functions first to minimize losses and begin return to normal
  • Establish a command center and provide regular communications of progress to employees
  • Establish a recovery team and priorities for resuming operations
  • Account for all damage-related costs and take an inventory of all damaged goods

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