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Engage with HSToday During the Most Important National Preparedness Month Ever

Welcome to National Preparedness Month 2020!

This year, although we have a host of preparedness luminaries to invite you to participate with us, I wanted to reach out myself given all of you are working double and triple time to help our nation get through this seemingly endless year!

As many of our loyal readers know, annually, Homeland Security Today and GTSC recognize National Preparedness Month by inviting our readers and supporters to collaborate with us and submit stories of their lessons learned, news about their preparedness efforts, heroes for us to recognize, and much more.

2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for our nation, and all “tongue-in-cheek” humor aside, it has been a case study in the need for all levels and types of preparedness. This YEAR has turned out to have a bit of nearly everything we’ve been warned about: biological, financial, economic, natural — we have been hit, and continue to be hit, by deadly, disastrous events every day.

That is why your input is more important than ever.

As we approach our DHS-designated months to focus on various missions — Preparedness (September), Cybersecurity (October), and Critical Infrastructure Protection (November) — we invite you to participate with us. Help us share your lessons, your heroes, your ideas for us to prevail over the numerous challenges faced by our homeland professionals at the local, state, and federal levels.

During National Preparedness Month, we are focusing on preparedness and want to hear more from you to help citizens prepare for anything coming at them:

Physically

Preparedness includes planning for your health, your home, and your family. During National Preparedness Month, share your advice and examples on how to limit the impacts that disasters have on families. Help us share how citizens can understand the risks in their area, check insurance coverage, and make their homes stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards.

JOIN US: Share your advice and examples on how to prepare health, home, and family for an emergency.

Financially

Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. COVID has been a huge reminder of why planning for a “worst case scenario” is imperative. In these stressful times, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the recovery process quickly and efficiently.

JOIN US: Share your advice and smart suggestions on how to prepare your finances for any eventuality.

Emotionally

During an emergency and/or pandemic it is common for individuals to feel emotional unrest. The healthcare system and various organizations are taking measures toward providing adequate aid and guidance for individuals with existing mental health conditions as well as those experiencing enhanced emotional distress during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, disasters, and emergencies generally.

JOIN US: Share your ideas, resources, and suggestions on staying well, reaching out for assistance, and guidance for families and caregivers.

We invite you to lead and participate!

We are looking for your contributions, suggestions and leadership. We also invite you to submit thought leadership pieces to spur the conversation and help our community think ahead, think smarter, and think more strategically about what we do in both the public and private sectors to jointly meet this threat.

How might you participate?

  • Submit a thought leadership piece on a topic of concern to you in our topic areas
  • Suggest thought leaders that HSToday should reach out to for articles or to join us
  • Lead a topic area: leaders commit to submitting a thought leadership piece, being a “spokesperson” for the month, and suggesting areas where HSToday should focus.
  • Follow us on social media and retweet us! Easy to do at Twitter, Facebook, and our group on LinkedIn.
  • Repost HSToday articles on your LinkedIn feed. Daily we have original, compelling pieces from some of the most esteemed voices in homeland security. Share those on your LinkedIn feed to encourage comments and conversation from our community.
  • Sign up for the newsletters of your choice (in case you haven’t already) at www.HSToday.us.
  • Let us know how we are doing! Reading us? Not? Let us know if we are doing well or if there is room for improvement. We value your opinions and will follow your advice and direction as we strive to become the best news and analysis site for the homeland security community on the web.

If you do not have time to contribute this fall, no worries! The spring is yet to come and there will be more opportunities. We do ask you to help us with social media as much as possible — reposting, retweeting, etc., matter more than you can imagine. And it’s free!!

As always, thank you for supporting HSToday. We greatly appreciate your support as we continue to develop the preeminent site for serious and factual conversations around homeland security.

Kristina Tanasichuk
Kristina Tanasichuk
From terrorism to the homeland security business enterprise, for over 20 years Kristina Tanasichuk has devoted her career to educating and informing the homeland community to build avenues for collaboration, information sharing, and resilience. She has worked in homeland security since 2002 and has founded and grown some of the most renowned organizations in the field. Prior to homeland she worked on critical infrastructure for Congress and for municipal governments in the energy sector and public works. She has 25 years of lobbying and advocacy experience on Capitol Hill on behalf of non- profit associations, government clients, and coalitions. In 2011, she founded the Government & Services Technology Coalition, a non-profit member organization devoted to the missions of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and all the homeland disciplines. GTSC focuses on developing and nurturing innovative small and mid-sized companies (up to $1 billion) working with the Federal government. GTSC’s mission is to increase collaboration, information exchange, and constructive problem solving around the most challenging homeland security issues facing the nation. She acquired Homeland Security Today (www.HSToday.us) in 2017 and has since grown readership to over one million hits per month and launched and expanded a webinar program to law enforcement across the US, Canada, and international partners. Tanasichuk is also the president and founder of Women in Homeland Security, a professional development organization for women in the field of homeland security. As a first generation Ukrainian, she was thrilled to join the Advisory Board of LABUkraine in 2017. The non-profit initiative builds computer labs for orphanages in Ukraine and in 2018 built the first computer lab near Lviv, Ukraine. At the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, she worked with the organization to pivot and raise money for Ukrainian troop and civilian needs. She made several trips to Krakow, Poland to bring vital supplies like tourniquets and water filters to the front lines, and has since continued fundraising and purchasing drones, communications equipment, and vehicles for the war effort. Most recently she was named as the Lead Advisor to the First US-Ukraine Freedom Summit, a three-day conference and fundraiser to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of Ukrainian war veterans through sports and connection with U.S. veterans. She served as President and Executive Vice President on the Board of Directors for the InfraGard Nations Capital chapter, a public private partnership with the FBI to protect America’s critical infrastructure for over 8 years. Additionally, she served on the U.S. Coast Guard Board of Mutual Assistance and as a trustee for the U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation. She graduated from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Citizens’ Academies, in addition to the Marine Corps Executive Forum. Prior to founding the Government Technology & Services Coalition she was Vice President of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (HSDBC), an organization for the largest corporations in the Federal homeland security market. She was responsible for thought leadership and programs, strategic partnerships, internal and external communications, marketing and public affairs. She managed the Council’s Executive Brief Series and strategic alliances, as well as the organization’s Thought Leadership Committee and Board of Advisors. Prior to this, she also founded and served for two years as executive director of the American Security Challenge, an event that awarded monetary and contractual awards in excess of $3.5 million to emerging security technology firms. She was also the event director for the largest homeland security conference and exposition in the country where she created and managed three Boards of Advisors representing physical and IT security, first responders, Federal, State and local law enforcement, and public health. She crafted the conference curriculum, evolved their government relations strategy, established all of the strategic partnerships, and managed communications and media relations. Tanasichuk began her career in homeland security shortly after September 11, 2001 while at the American Public Works Association. Her responsibilities built on her deep understanding of critical infrastructure issues and included homeland security and emergency management issues before Congress and the Administration on first responder issues, water, transportation, utility and public building security. Prior to that she worked on electric utility deregulation and domestic energy issues representing municipal governments and as professional staff for the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Tanasichuk has also worked at the American Enterprise Institute, several Washington, D.C. associations representing both the public and private sectors, and the White House under President George H.W. Bush. Tanasichuk also speaks extensively representing small and mid-sized companies and discussing innovation and work in the Federal market at the IEEE Homeland Security Conference, AFCEA’s Homeland Security Conference and Homeland Security Course, ProCM.org, and the Security Industry Association’s ISC East and ACT-IAC small business committee. She has also been featured in CEO Magazine and in MorganFranklin’s www.VoicesonValue.com campaign. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned her Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University. She was honored by the mid-Atlantic INLETS Law Enforcement Training Board with the “Above and Beyond” award in both 2019 – for her support to the homeland security and first responder community for furthering public private partnerships, creating information sharing outlets, and facilitating platforms for strengthening communities – and 2024 – for her work supporting Ukraine in their defense against the Russian invasion. In 2016 she was selected as AFCEA International’s Industry Small Business Person of the Year, in 2015 received the U.S. Treasury, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization Excellence in Partnership award for “Moving Treasury’s Small Business Program Forward,” as a National Association of Woman Owned Businesses Distinguished Woman of the Year Finalist, nominated for “Friend of the Entrepreneur” by the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Military Spouse of the Year by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2011, and for a Heroines of Washington DC award in 2014. She is fluent in Ukrainian.

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