Home / Operations Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Winter Reference Guide


The winter season often ushers in cold temperatures and damaging storms that can have serious consequences for your business and employees. For worker safety and business operational continuity, there are three phases of action that help you manage adverse winter weather: prepare, respond, recover. This collection of resources can help your business minimize the impact of cold-weather conditions.

Prepare: What to Do Before Winter Storms and Cold Temperatures Arrive

Preparation is an essential step to minimizing the impact of cold-weather conditions. Read the following collection of information to learn the steps required to prepare for winter weather.

Preparing for Severe Winter Storms

To Close or Not to Close?

Prepare for Winter with These Essential Supplies

10 Tips to Prepare Your Fleet for Winter

What Do the Different Winter Weather Alerts Mean?

Cut Winter Energy Bills With These Tips

Tips for Avoiding Frostbite

Respond: What to Do When Winter Storms and Cold Weather Arrive

The response phase of winter storm preparedness helps protect lives and property during or in the immediate aftermath of a storm. This collection of information describes ways to respond to winter storms and cold weather.

How to Shovel Snow Safely

How to Respond to a Winter Storm

8 Tips for Getting Your Vehicle Out of the Snow

Recover: What to Do to Restore Operations Once Winter Storms and Cold Weather Pass

The recovery stage of winter-storm activities includes repairing the damage done by storms. It may also include replenishing supplies and understanding how your business can better prepare its facilities and people for the tasks associated with disaster recovery.

Essential Supplies to Recover from Winter Weather

5 Business Sector Takeaways for Disaster Recovery

Equipment You May Need for Winter

These guides can help you make more informed purchasing decisions about the equipment and supplies you’ll need to weather the winter season.

How to Choose and Maintain the Right Generator

Types of Door Weatherstripping and Thresholds

Snow Blower Buying Guide

Portable Heater Guide

The Many Tools for Moving Snow


Building Maintenance

Common ADA Facility Violations and How to Avoid Them

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets forth requirements for accessibility to, from and within a facility. Keep these common violations in mind.

Building Maintenance

One Way HVAC Helps Prevent Illness – and How to Tell it's Working

Improving building ventilation can reduce respiratory illnesses – but how can you tell when it's working?

Building Maintenance

Managing the Incandescent Light Bulb Ban in Your Facility

Learn more about the recent changes in lighting efficiency standards and what they mean for your facility.


Building Maintenance

Getting It Organized: Strategies and Tools for Your Workspace

In the workplace and on the jobsite, efficiency isn't just a goal – it's a necessity. Here are some strategies for bringing order to different areas of the workplace.

Case Study: Overcoming a Critical Inventory Shortage with Grainger's Support

When an inventory shortage nearly brought a small industrial manufacturer's production to a halt, learn how Grainger provided a creative parts-sourcing solution to help keep its business running.


Built to Last: Navigating Workbench Options

You don’t sit behind an office desk all day – but you still need a work surface.

Find the Right Winter Weather Gear

Portable Heaters

Portable Electric Heaters

Winter Headwear

Work Hats, Headbands & Headwear

Snow Removal

Snow & Ice Removal

Work Jackets & Coats

Work Jackets & Coats

Heated Outerwear

Electronically Heated Workwear

Insulated Gloves

Insulated Gloves

Portable Heaters

Portable Gas, Oil & Kerosene Heaters

Portable Generators

Portable Generators

The information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only and is based on information available as of the initial date of publication. No representation is made that the information or references are complete or remain current. This article is not a substitute for review of current applicable government regulations, industry standards, or other standards specific to your business and/or activities and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.