MorningStar Disaster Response

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1) Emergency Essentials
To prepare your household in case of a natural disaster, we recommend that you store a six week to three month supply of:



Zeb Gear is an excellent resource for any other high quality disaster preparedness items that your household might need. You can see their selection of products online at
Should you choose to purchase any items from the Zeb Gear website, please use the code MSTAR when checking out.

2) Websites for the “How To’s” of Disaster Planning:
The following websites provide clear and detailed information for creating a disaster preparedness plan for you and your family.
  • – General preparedness information and detailed hazard descriptions. Includes emergency planning and disaster supplies, evacuation, shelter, mitigation and recovering from disaster

  • – General disaster preparedness plans that can also be made personalized for family, home & pets. Also view plans for how to respond to specific disasters

  • – Department of Homeland Security website that provides guidelines and practical planning tools for blackouts, influenza pandemics, hurricanes and many other disaster related topics.

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The following four online independent study courses are required by FEMA for every individual wanting to serve during the event of a disaster.

IS-100 - Introduction to Incident Command System Required
The course is an introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS). The course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents - Required
ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS).
IS-700 – Introduction to National Incident Mgt System (NIMS)- Required NIM provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and non-governmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
IS800.B - Introduction to the National Response Framework -Required
The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework.
CERT – Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams
This course is a prerequisite to taking the CERT Train-the-Trainer course. With this online and classroom course, the trainer will be able to train private citizens with basic skills that they will utilize to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster.

Disaster Information
Preparing for Disaster - FEMA 475
Special Bulletin Articles
The Next Disaster
Prepared for the Times
Lessons of Hurricane Katrina, Pt 2
Lessons of Hurricane Katrina, Pt 1
Katrina and the Bird Flu
Hurricane Katrina