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Kitties, we aren’t in Kansas anymore

In recent years I have become irrationally scared of severe storms – especially the idea that lightning will hit my house and catch fire.

I actually go through in my head what exactly I would do in such a situation. The first thing in the list of concerns is how to make sure Keyser and Alibi are safe.

The main problem is that the best room to wait out tornadoes is my half bath downstairs. Unfortunately, it is really small and I cannot get both cats to sit in it at the same time with me. There simply is not room. So I am always worried about the other cat.

I used to think if something happened, I would immediately grab the cat carriers in the garage and keep them out of harm’s way.

But after some much needed cleaning of the garage, the cat carriers – which haven’t been used in at least five years – were placed in the attic. This adds a new dilemma to my obsession – do I throw the cats in the car for safety? If they hide under the bed will they be OK?

If anyone has any good plans for how to handle pets in an emergency I would love to hear about them.

Niki Kelly is Statehouse bureau chief for The Journal Gazette.