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Hurricanes and Inclement Weather

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Aug 22, 2019

We do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families from accidents. We wear our seatbelts, we follow safety rules, we think ahead to plan for potential situations. We try to prevent damage and harm as much as possible. In many cases, preparation is key to successfully navigating an otherwise uncontrollable situation. 


Recently I got a new vehicle so my daughter could have her first car for driving herself to school and sports practices. Knowing that my daughter would now be the primary driver, I started facing some of the safety issues the car had developed that I, as the primary driver, had simply put up with until now. For instance, whenever I drove through water, like a puddle, the right front wheel would get water in it, causing the steering wheel to lock up. I have been managing this for a while by just going to slow through puddles and giving it time to reset before I made any sudden move. Now, terrified that my daughter might pull out in front of traffic and not have control of the car, I took the car to my mechanic, who had never seen a problem like this. The typical repair solution did not work. Thankfully, he worked hard to research and discover a solution that truly fixed the issue. The car is no longer a hazard in rainy weather. Now my daughter is fine to drive to and from school and practices, no matter what kind of weather is happening. 


Even though we were able to prepare for mechanical failures, weather is often unpredictable, especially this time of year. Not only is hurricane season a predicament, we also face torrential downpours at any given moment. The first week of school- right after getting that car fixed- it rained every day. Our area of Florida collected 15.1 inches of rain in one week alone.Talk about puddles! But I didn’t worry, because I knew my daughter was driving a now-safe vehicle, even in such messy weather. I also knew that I’d be hearing about it immediately if my daughter WAS in any sort of accident. That’s because she’s registered with TIFF. If there was an accident, even weather-related, first responders would be able to notify me immediately so I could be by my daughter’s side in a matter of minutes. 



The fact is, you never know what you or your family will face when they get out on the road. Inclement weather happens everywhere, anytime of year. While we can’t prevent all emergencies, we can definitely be prepared for them. That’s why we have TIFF! Make sure you are registered with TIFF so that you and your family can handle any emergency. Be there for your children, for your parents, for your loved ones as soon as an emergency takes place. Make quick decisions and give emotional support to anyone in an accident or other emergency situation. If you haven’t yet registered with TIFF, it’s time to get on board. With more and more states joining every day, there’s every reason to know about TIFF and spread the word. This quick, easy-to-use registration system takes less than 3 minutes to complete and could mean the world to you in the event of an emergency. Plus it’s free! Why are you waiting to ensure emergency contact is available at all times? Register for TIFF, invite friends and loved ones to do the same, and lobby for action in states where TIFF has not yet become active. The more we know, the faster we can act. 


“You never know you need it until YOU need it!”

~Jon Stuart, SCORE mentor

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