|So you say you want to change the world? Well, here is your chance. Island mom, Christine Olson, lost her daughter Tiffiany Olson when she died in a traffic accident on December 7, 2005. Christine was not contacted for six precious hours after the accident, because the contact information was not readily available to the officers at the scene. Christine decided that having to wait that long to be notified was unacceptable so she set out to change the way the system worked.
She began, T.I.F.F’s Initiative. Short for To Inform Families First, Christine has high hopes of taking this program national after having success getting it in place in four states, Florida, Colorado, Ohio and Illinois. It has been endorsed by Representative Bill Galvano, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube and the Florida DMV. Although not mandatory, information on how to register is offered when people get their driver’s license. Emergency vehicles are equipped with special scanners that allow the officer or emergency responder to scan the person’s driver’s license. To date, more than 8 million people have registered. According to Olson, “Although it is tremendous that this many people have registered it is a small cry from the over 16 million people with a Florida driver’s license or I.D.” Scanning the injured person’s driver’s license is the way law enforcement personnel can notify families when their loved ones have been involved in a serious, life threatening accident. The information is stored on a secure site only accessible by law enforcement personnel.
Since that tragic night in December of 2005, Christine has, literally, armed herself with purple bracelets imprinted with the website.
Up until now, this has been the main tactic she has used to get people registered.
The next step for Christine is to from TEAM TIFF. She is looking for passionate women of action to help her take TIFFS INITIATIVE through the state of Florida and beyond. What started on a yellow legal pad all those years ago has now become the go to source for retrieving emergency contact information.
Remember Georgia Gibbons? Georgia was registered, therefore, her family was notified right away when she was seriously injured after being hit by a car.
The women on TEAM TIFF would work in a two person team, meeting once a month to discuss strategies on how to spread the word. Strategies may include reaching out to media, promoting registration through social media or speaking to local civic and community groups such as the Kiwanis or Rotary organizations. The mission for each team is to get people to register their information so, in case of an accident, their loved ones would be reached instantly. As Christine puts it, “I am looking for women who will share my passion and mission to help me reach those not registered yet, to make sure what happened to me that night doesn’t happen to them.” If you would like to join TEAM TIFF and be a part of this very important mission please contact Christine Olson at 941-795-1869 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Christine encourages everyone reading this to immediately register at www.toinformfamiliesfirst.org. Christine says, “Spending two minutes now can save you and your loved ones countless hours of worry. Please register today.” Be the change you want to see in the world.