|Grainger Marks 2018 Hurricane Season with Emergency Preparation Tips for Businesses|
CHICAGO, June 6, 2018 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, marks the start of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season with tips on how businesses can prepare for a potential disaster. The hurricane season – which officially began June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30 – is predicted by Colorado State University hurricane researchers to be slightly above average, following an active 2017 season.
“Looking back at the diversity of devastation caused last year by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it’s important to understand that every disaster – including every hurricane – is unique and needs to be treated differently,” said Deb Oler, Grainger Senior Vice President and President, North American Sales and Services. “While we see a high demand for products like shelter supplies and sand bags for each storm, there are a variety of variables like location, warning time and scope of damage that can change how businesses respond to and recover from a disaster. For that reason, preparation is key. Since businesses can’t possibly stock everything they might need for all scenarios, we recommend having a plan in place to aid their efforts when the time comes.”
To start building a plan, Grainger recommends considering the following actions:
“Our mission is to help our customers keep their operations running and their people safe, and we’re committed to doing our part in getting them what they need, when they need it,” said Oler. “Through the disasters we have experienced over the years, we have learned that the more we can help our customers prepare before an emergency, the more successful we can be together.”
For details about emergency services and additional resources, visit www.grainger.com/content/emergency-services.
For a hurricane-specific product list and a list of actions to take before, during and after a storm, visit www.grainger.com/hurricane.