Natural disasters are those that occur within nature and man has little or no control over.
These types of events would include blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, wildfires and floods.
These events may be of a level 1,2 or 3 magnitude. That is they may impact an individual, community, town or region.
During such events you may find a disruption in energy, running water, communications and food.
Not a lot is going to be written about this since almost everyone is familiar with these types of events. Though you may live in a region where most of the natural disasters will not affect you there is a high probability that the majority of the people in the world could experience one or more of them.
When considering these disasters think back to hurricane Katrina and the tsuamni in Japan.
People living in the lower 48 of the United Statesusually think of hurricanes, tornados, floods and earthquates as the most potential of natural disasters. The San Andreas faultin Californiais the probably the most active and recognized fault in the United Statesbut in the past 100 years there have been considerable damage done in Charleston, South Carolinaand in the mid section of the United Stateswith the New Madrid fault which is much larger than the San Andreas fault. Scientist believe that activity may reoccur at any time. For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Madrid_Seismic_Zone.
Though FEMA had disaster plans in place there was some confusion on the implementation of the plans. Your personal Emergency Preparedness Plan should cover the affects of this type of disaster so that you can be prepared and not wait for nor depend on the government to bring help.