United Rentals Launches Series with White Paper on Disaster Preparedness

Greenwich, CT -


United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced the release of the first in a series of white papers on issues of importance to the construction and rental industries and their customers.

"Natural and Man-made Disasters − The Role of the Rental Industry" focuses on business continuity and emergency planning for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other severe business disruptions. The white paper defines the rental industry's role in responding to these events, and suggests ways to partner with customers in preparedness.

Michael Kneeland, executive vice president − operations for United Rentals, said, "As the largest equipment rental company in the world, United Rentals has a responsibility to help drive improvements in the ways that equipment and supplies are deployed to customers by our industry. Our research has defined a five-part hierarchy of needs: worker protection; traffic control and transport; relief and rescue; capital equipment; and information. Each area can be improved by employing best practices."

Future white papers under development deal with topics relating to aerial, trench safety, safety, and service and maintenance, Kneeland said.

The United Rentals white paper series is available at no charge to the general public, and is offered in English, Spanish and French. "Natural and Man-made Disasters − The Role of the Rental Industry" can be downloaded or printed from the company's website atunitedrentals.com.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of more than 740 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,400 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 20,000 classes of rental equipment with a total original cost of $3.9 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.



Chuck Wessendorf
VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7318 
[email protected]

Nicole Salas
Manager, Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7246
[email protected]