Winter Storms

Winter storms can be lethal. Preparing for severe weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by winter storms.

Be familiar with the different types of winter storms and their after effects ranging from dangerous driving conditions to bitter cold temperatures.

Contact your local store to learn more about Fastenal's available emergency services.

Planning, Preparing & Responding

Whether you are planning, preparing or responding to a winter storm, Fastenal has you covered.

Before the Storm

  • Insulate water pipes
  • Use ice melt on walkways, parking lots, etc.
  • Winterize company vehicles
  • Add ice melt, snow shovels, blankets, and warm clothing to your disaster supplies kit

During the Storm

  • Encourage employees to stay indoors -- 70% of ice/snow-related winter deaths occur in automobiles
  • Employees should eat and drink regularly (avoiding alcohol and caffeine)
  • Employees should dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing
  • Monitor radio/TV for weather reports and emergency information

After the Storm

  • Check pipes for leaks and floors for spills
  • Make sure traffic areas are free of ice
  • Avoid overexertion -- heart attacks from shoveling snow are a leading cause of death during winter

Stay in Business

  • Assemble a Kit
  • Make a Plan
  • Stay Informed

Establish a safe room, escape routes and meeting places. Keep emergency phone numbers on hand and designate someone to communicate with employees, customers and suppliers.

Additional Resources

Sources: US Department of Commerce, FEMA, and the American Red Cross