Hiyu: You’re a CERT.
Me: Yes, and…
Kuri: We’ve decided we want to be CERT.
Me: You want to be a part of a Citizen Emergency Response Team?
Loki: Something like that.
Me: You guys aren’t exactly citizens and you don’t have opposable thumbs or…
Hiyu: We know all that.
Kuri: Yeah, we want to form our own CERT.
Loki: It’s brilliant and we can help other cats.
Kuri: Even dogs. We could help dogs.
Me: Let me explain a little bit about CERT.
Loki: We’re going to make our own CERT.
Hiyu: Yes, we’ve figured it all out.
Kuri: We’re going to be a Cat Emergency Response Team.
Me: Cat Emergency Response?
Kuri: I’m going to educate the public about having emergency rations & toys for all of their companions.
Loki: And I’m going to help with post-disaster mental health. I’m good at purring.
Hiyu: You can make little first aid packs for us.
Me: I’m not sure.
Kuri: We can help with search and rescue.
Hiyu: I can get to high places and I’m small enough to get into little places.
Me: That’s quite a dream you guys have there.
Hiyu: If it’s important to you then it’s important to us.
Kuri: You know how much we like to help. I even have an outfit for it. I can do security detail.
Me: You know I’ve got you guys covered. Your Emergency Go Crate is well stocked with food, water and toys. Your pictures, descriptions and up-to-date vaccination records are also there.
Loki: Why do we need more than toys and food.
Me: In case we have to evacuate. Human shelters only allow service animals and if I need to get you boarding then they need all of your records.
Kuri: I’m not going to be boarded. I’m going to be in the thick of it.
Hiyu: That’s why we’re forming our own Cat Emergency Team. We want to be part of the solution.
Me: My hope is that if there is a problem, you guys will take care of the house and the rest of the family while I’m out helping with recovery.
Hiyu: What if we agree to help birds?
Kuri: Or dogs or reptiles or–
Loki: Fish. I like to watch fish.
Me: I appreciate that you guys want to help.
Hiyu: So it’s settled. We’re your own Cat Emergency Response Team.
Me: I love you guys.
Hiyu: I can purr louder.
Kuri: Not as loud as I can.
Loki, Kuri and Hiyu: Purr, purr, PURR.
Me: May all you readers out there be safe and have a plan.