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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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How do you prepare for the unpreparable?

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Last week, we reflected on the 16th anniversary of 9/11, when our nation was thrown into turmoil and grief over senseless terrorist attacks on our own soil. Floridians also remembered the devastation, stress, and uncertainty we lived through just a year before when hit by Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane in history to cover our state. Simultaneously, we watched in horror as Hurricane Florence approached the eastern seaboard to create more...

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TIFF Ambassador Spotlight- Meme Signor

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Ambassador Spotlight
Posted on Aug 28, 2018

One of the goals we have at TIFF is to show the need for everyone to register their emergency contact information, no matter where you live or what season of life you’re in. There is the potential for everyone to need this service somehow in their lives. This week, we spotlight Meme Signor, wife of 15 years and mother of five children, all ages 13 and under. Moving here three years ago from New York state, Meme notes, “the traffic...

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Ambassadors Spotlight - Lorna Pierce

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Ambassador Spotlight
Posted on Aug 3, 2018

This week we’d like to introduce you to Lorna Pierce, a long-time supporter of TIFF’s Initiative. Lorna has worked with Christine since the formation of this not-for-profit in the capacity of bookkeeper, helping Christine get set up financially. She plays a vital role in the operations of TIFF, but Lorna is motivated by a much deeper purpose behind what she does. When she met Christine, Lorna was volunteering at the...

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Safe Travels!

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Aug 2, 2018

We say this all the time to friends and family as they set out on a vacation or journey, but do we ever actually take steps to ensure safety? As we pulled out of the driveway in our rented minivan, my fiance said a quick prayer over us for safe travels. We were embarking on a 16-hour overnight drive to visit his family with five kids in tow. We needed all the help we could get. Knowing that any adventure includes a fair amount of risk, we also...

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