(Editor's Note: The following is Part 2 of a four-part series focusing on ways to prepare for a disaster.)

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is important to know what types of disasters could affect your area.

You also need to know how you'll contact one another and reconnect, if separated. Establish a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find. Consider four steps that will help you better plan for an unexpected disaster.

For more information on the steps, go to "Make a Plan" at the FEMA site below.