It seems like the world's had more than its share of violent weather in recent months, from Japan's earthquake and tsunami to the catastrophic tornado that hit the southern U.S.

While you can't prevent Nature from conducting her own version of spring-cleaning, you can take steps to prepare for a less hazardous storm season. As any lawn care company, roofing contractor or window replacement business owner worth their salt will tell you, this is the time for The Weight. No, not the famous song by The Band, but the concept: storm season means you need to get heavy, man.