Industrial distributor Grainger is helping organizations across North America prepare for the upcoming winter storm season through a new winter storm program designed to educate customers to try to mitigate some of the potential dangers caused by winter storms. The company created a 12-page Winter Storm Preparedness Guide (a free download) and launched a dedicated Web site help businesses and institutions prepare in advance of a storm.

Over the years, emergency experts have advised people to prepare for storms ahead of time, yet research indicates only 18 percent of adults living in storm-prone areas describe themselves as “very prepared” for a natural disaster such as a winter storm.