Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.
However, there are important differences among natural disasters that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Some natural disasters are easily predicted, others happen without warning. Planning what to do in advance is an important part of being prepared.
Find out what natural disasters are most common in your area. You may be aware of some of your community's risks: others may surprise you.
Research various websites to gather information on how to prepare for a specific type of disaster, how to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and even visit the National Weather Service for weather condition alerts.