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Preparing for Life’s Storms

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Jun 24, 2019

June is the beginning of hurricane season, making us at TIFF remember so many instances of boarding windows, bagging sand, collecting flashlights and batteries, bottling water… preparing for a hurricane can be a big chore. Even worse, much of what we prepare for never even comes to pass. I’ve never had a broken window or flooded home due to a hurricane. But plenty of people have. How and when you prepare is crucial to the amount of...

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Summer Travel

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on May 27, 2019

Most of the time, in our day-to-day operations, my husband and I divide and conquer the local driving. He takes kids to school; I pick them up. He drives someone to basketball practice while I wait for softball to finish. We don’t often get to ride around together during our normal routine. So of course, we are each other’s emergency contact. If something happens to one of us while in the midst of a busy week, the other one will be...

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The Shape Of a Mother’s Love

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on May 9, 2019

Mothers can come in all shapes and sizes. Besides biological moms, we can have stepmothers, grandmothers who raise their grandchildren as their own, adopted mothers and all sorts of other motherly figures in our lives. The common denominator between all of these moms and mother figures is that they love their children as their own and they don’t stop caring just because they grow up. A mother‘s heart is full because of her children,...

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Autism Awareness Month

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Apr 18, 2019

This month, we are highlighting a particular group of very special individuals that TIFF’s Initiative would benefit: those who can't or might not be able to provide contact information in an emergency. Those like Julian, Christine’ nephew who is autistic and does not speak. He often goes out on little excursions with his grandmother, Barbara Olson. If, for whatever reason, there was a situation or accident and Barb was unresponsive,...

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Kentucky is Onboard!

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Apr 4, 2019

Last week, TIFF’s Initiative expanded its area of influence when we went live in Kentucky, only a few months after beginning the process of introducing the initiative to the state legislature. Since our goal is to be active and growing in every state, this is a big win for TIFF! We’re now in seven states, with the expectation of adding Texas, Indiana and Pennsylvania soon. As people learn about TIFF, they discover that the need for it...

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The Day I Discovered I Need TIFF

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Jan 11, 2018

I’ve been writing about TIFF for a while now, always with the conviction that everyone needs this system in place in their lives. I’ve told Christine Olson’s story, I’ve recounted several other stories of people who lost loved ones and can see the purpose and reason for quick response times. I’ve interview our county’s sheriff to learn what happens at an accident scene, so I can better inform you, our readers...

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Tiffiany: A Remembrance

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Dec 17, 2018

She's not gone... she's just elsewhere. This is the reminder Christine Olson lives with daily that helps her turn her grief into purpose and her tragedy into hope for others. She was just spending a quiet evening at home alone. After checking on her grown kids and knowing they were with their friends, Christine came home from work to drink a cup of tea while watching a PBS documentary on Pope John Paul. When the show ended around 11pm, she...

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Awards and Perseverance

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Nov 20, 2018

Like most great ideas, it started with a question on a legal pad. “What do you think about putting emergency contacts in your driver’s license?” And just like that, TIFF’s Initiative was born. Last Friday night, Christine Olson and the TIFF team participated in a local gala where the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the Best Non-Profit of the Year, as well as the Best Small, Medium and Large Businesses of...

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TIFF Ambassador Robyn & Georgia Gibbons

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Ambassador Spotlight
Posted on Nov 6, 2018

Seven years ago, on Good Friday, Georgia Gibbons was struck by a car as she walked across the street in downtown Tallahassee while talking on her cell phone. She had severe brain injuries and was immediately taken to the Emergency Room at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Were it not for the fact that she was registered already with TIFF, her parents may not have known what happened for hours, if not days. Fortunately, an officer came to the home of...

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TIFF Ambassador Spotlight- Sheriff Rick Wells

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Ambassador Spotlight
Posted on Oct 16, 2018

Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells has worked with Christine for a number of years as a supporter and advocate of TIFF’s Initiative. Sheriff Wells sees the need for an Emergency Contact Information (ECI) system in very pragmatic terms. When asked how this initiative has had an impact on the protocol officers follow at the scene of an accident, Wells emphasized the reduction of time spent searching for next of kin. In the chaos of an accident...

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