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September is National Preparedness Month
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Becky MarquisRebecca Marquis
Deputy Director, Ready Campaign, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Millicent West
Millicent West
Director, District of Columbia Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management 
Kelly Wilson 
Kelly Wilson
Deputy Director, Washington Regional Threat & Analysis Center

Featuring Special Guest:
Linda Mathes
President & CEO
American Red Cross of the National Capital Region
WHEN? September 10, 2010 11:30am-1:00pm
WHERE:  Booz Allen Hamilton
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW
Suite 5300
Washington, D.C. 20024
Join us early for National Preparedness Month with a conversation with the ladies making preparedness happen for the National Capital Region.  Discussions will include D.C.'s preparedness efforts, how information sharing helps us prepare, how each component works together to assure the safety and security of those who work, live and govern in the District of Columbia.
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Quarterly Happy Hour -- SEPTEMBER 14
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHaleSeptember Happy Hour McCormick & Schmick
September 14, 2010
5:00pm - 7:00pm
McCormick & Schmick Crystal City 
2010 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202 
Book of the Month
Our Own Worst Enemy 
Our Own Worst Enemy
by Colonel Randall Larsen
For National Preparedness Month we encourage you to read Col. Larsen's book discussing the tough questions we need to ask to be truly prepared.  Colonel Larsen spoke to Women in Homeland Security at our May 2009 program at National Defense University.  The book is available here.
 Click below to hear Colonel Larsen discuss his book: on CSPAN:
Randall Larsen
WHS University:  Paper of the Month
DHS Preparedness Report
Federal Preparedness Report
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s first
annual Federal Preparedness Report (FPR), mandated by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA), Public Law 109-295. The goal for this Report is to set a baseline for our continuing efforts to measure the Nation's preparedness.  Click on the photo to get the report.
October 14  DHS CIOs for Cyber Security Awareness Month
RSVPDHS FY11:  A Look at the Challenges Ahead
Margie Graves


Margie Graves, Deputy CIO, Department of Homeland Security


Leslie Hope, Deputy Chief Information Officer Citizen and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security

Sandy Peavy, Chief Information Officer, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Department of Homeland Security

In honor of Cyber Security Awareness month, please join WHS  for this interactive session with the top CIOs from DHS will discuss the FY11 programs and current challenges facing their Directorates.  Panelists will also provide insight on how DHS collaborates across the department toward the "One DHS" mission.

WHEN:  October 14, 2010
WHERE:  The Heritage Foundation Auditorium
214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002 Directions
Thank you to Jena McNeill and Jessica Zuckerman for working to host this important event in their lovely auditorium!
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact us.
October 24  WHS Cocktail Auction for No Greater Sacrifice Foundation

Silent Auction for the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation


Join WHS for the No Greater Sacrifice Cocktail Auction!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010     6:00pm - 9:00 pm.
  Hassett & Willis Rooftop, New York Avenue, Washington, DC
VIP Tickets:  $50.00; FREE if you donate an item; FREE if you're with the government

Bring your friends for a fun night of cocktails, prizes and a the great cause of educating the children of permanently wounded vets!
Fabulous Silent and live auction items with unique "service items" including:  Gift Baskets, jewelry, gift certificates, art, shoes, food/goodies, golf lessons, cooking lessons, tours of capitol, car washes, theatre events, etc.
Can you help?  Volunteers, donations, items needed to make this event a success.  If you are interested in participating on the Silent Auction committee, please contact Barbra Moffatt at

Sponsorship Opportunities for Corporate/Individuals available, contact Barbara at
Proceeds Donated to Educate the Children of Permanently Wounded Military Personnel
No Greater Sacrifice ("NGS") serves to bridge the educational development for the families of our nation's permanently wounded heroes. The men and women of the United States Armed Forces risk their lives every day for our country and our way of life. There is no greater sacrifice: to serve, to work, to fight - and if need be - to lay down one's life for the cause of freedom. In making this sacrifice, every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine, is forced to leave his or her loved ones back home. 
For those who have made this sacrifice for their country, our job is to help finish their work by raising funds to pay for post secondary education for their children. NGS was a start-up two years ago, but since has committed full funding for college educations to over a dozen fallen and wounded soldier families. Its goal over the next few years is to greatly expand its reach so that those who serve our country and suffer permanent injuries can rest assured that their children receive the education they deserve. 
Have a Great Week!
Have a Great Week!
Kristina Tanasichuk
President & Founder, WHS
The Mission of Women in Homeland Security is to provide a professional organization for women working in the field of homeland security.  As a relatively new field, the organization strives to provide women with a forum to learn about the many facets of the discipline and to build the connections necessary for their own professional development and for the connections needed to understand the full spectrum of homeland security. 

Women in Homeland Security is also committed to assuring that we never forget the threat of terrorism and the need for our nation to maintain its vigilance -- despite the absence of a terrorist attack since September 11, 2001