If the Old Farmers Almanac is to be believed, we're heading for a seriously cold and snowy winter. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecast an active hurricane season.
You can't do much about the weather except be ready for it. That's why the American Red Cross designates September as National Preparedness Month.
Not that preparedness is just about weather: The Red Cross urges being ready for floods, fire, earthquake and other dangerous situations.
How prepared are you? If you lost power and/or water for three days, would you be able to stay warm, fed, hydrated and reasonably clean?
The good news is that preparedness doesn't have to cost a fortune. The bad news? Plenty of us don't seem to bother, at least when it comes to natural disasters. Experts say that people view those differently than they do dangers created by humans (e.g., radiation or terrorist attacks).