The weather may seem like our best friend when it doesn’t rain on our parade, or if our newly planted crops get a gentle measure of rain. But the forces that move air, moisture, and heat aren’t always so benevolent. Nature’s most violent storms can cause levels of destruction that leave your home, neighborhood, and community looking like a wasteland, or worse, a battlefield. Every year, thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding, mudslides and hail storms take their toll on the face of the earth, leaving devastation and ruin in their wake. Wind, water, lightning, mud, and hail can kill; but they do not do this without warning. As the storm clouds gather, we still have time to prepare. The radio, the television, and even our phones can signal us of impending danger. Are you ready?