Where can you turn when the market takes a pounding like it has since the devastating earthquake, tsunami and now nuclear crisis in Japan?
"It's simple, really," Cramer said. "Dividends."
If you own at least one stock with a hefty yield, you'll be a lot less likely to get blown out when the averages turn against you, he instructed.
"A big dividend is like a pillow that softens the force of a decline, not to mention a source of steady income that keeps coming even when stock prices are going nowhere," he said.