An ominous but important visual issued by on Aug. 31 highlights the dates that memorable disasters befell each state. The map reminds Americans that "the day before" a disaster looks just like any other day - and that those are the days to focus on creating a preparedness plan for your family, business, or community. More to the point, the map was showcased on the day before the start of National Preparedness Month (NPM), which kicks off its 10th annual campaign on Sept. 1. NPM is designed to help community members become more informed on how to prepare for disasters ranging from severe weather and natural disasters to pandemic flu or terrorism. offers a range of tips for citizens, as well as toolkits for communities to use for additional education.

With that in mind, remodelers can find a number of articles and links below with details on how to protect their businesses, their files, their clients, and themselves in the case of a disaster. We've also included a number of articles reflecting on the aftermath of recent natural disasters as a reminder that weathering the storm is one thing, but being prepared for the recovery is another.

Do you have a disaster plan for your family or your business? Share your thoughts in the comments, on our Facebook page, or e-mail senior editor Lauren Hunter at [email protected].

Business Preparedness
Could Your Business Survive a Disaster?
When it Comes to Disaster, it Pays to be Prepared
Shelter from the Storm: Ways to Keep Customers Safe During Disasters
On Call: What to Do When a Hurricane Hits
Disaster Planning Tips: Safeguarding Your Companies Financial Records
Three Steps to Bulletproofing Your Data Before the Next Natural Disaster For Business

Postmortem: 10 Lessons Remodelers Learned from Hurricane Sandy
Jersey Shore Remodeler Todd Miller Faces the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Coming to Grips with Hurricane Sandy
Storm Surge: Two Weeks After Hurricane Sandy, Challenges in New Jersey Remain
Hope Among Heartache: The Struggle to Rebuild New Orleans
New Orleans: One Year Later
JLC Online: Coastal Contractor

Rebuilding Joplin: The Aftermath of a Tornado
Alabama, Missouri Tamko Plants Back Up and Running

Alabama Tornadoes: Construction to Get Only a Short-Term Boost
Contractors Flock to Joplin, Mo. to Find Work
City Starts Demolition Phase of Tornado Clean-Up
Tornado Shelters Donated to Henryville Rebuilding Site
Oklahoma Builder Pushes Storm Shelters