How to Properly Prepare for a Winter Storm

In the Midwest, when we hear winter storm we panic. We head to the grocery store for bread, milk and eggs, and storm the hardware stores for ice melt and snow shovels. But how should you prepare your business for winter weather? In this blog, we will take a look at ways we can help you prepare for a storm, or help you rebuild in case of a disaster.

What Do You Need to Prepare for a Winter Storm?

High Visibility Clothing and Protective Gear

In a recent blog, we discussed protecting yourself from cold stress with cold weather gear including hats, gloves and vests. But are you and your employees prepared with high visibility equipment? If you’re going to be out in the field during a snow or ice storm, it’s important that you’re not only protected from the cold, but also very visible.

With the cold weather upon us, it’s also a great time to take a look at your steel-toed boots and make sure that they are still in good condition. If there is steel exposed, it’s time to pick up a new pair.

Shop for Cold Protection Gear

French Gerleman Safety Flash Lights


Don’t be caught in the dark during a power outage! We have a wide range of flashlights and batteries to keep you prepared. With new LED technology, the lights last longer and are brighter. However, you need to maintain the flashlights and make sure the batteries have not leaked or become corroded.

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Surge Protection

When you think of a power surge, the immediate first thought is to protect traditional electronic equipment. For residential, it’s important to not only use a surge protector for your television, computers, etc., but also for your fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, etc. Many consumers are not aware that today’s appliances are packed with sophisticated electronic components so be sure to use a surge protector!

Surges can be detrimental to your business operations, too, if your facility’s sensitive electronic equipment is not properly protected. Let us help you identify the proper surge protective devices and power conditioning solutions to provide clean, uninterrupted power to your facility.

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First Aid Kits

We take safety to another level with our vendor managing first aid kits. Are your kits up to date and serviced? If not, we can take care of that!

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Blown Fuses

In case of blown fuses, be sure to have a good inventory of critical spares for power fuses on hand to reduce the impact of unexpected downtime.

Service Entrance

If a limb falls on a power line or an ice storm pulls down the line, we can provide the hardware to help your electrical contractor rebuild the service entrance and power requirements for both residential and commercial.

Emergency Service

You can’t always be 100% prepared for a storm or winter weather disaster. We are here for you 24/7, 365 days a year. Whether you need an emergency part or have a question, we are available to help. Rely on our large, local inventory!


To learn more about winter weather preparedness or to place an order, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or contact us.


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