Have you heard of TIFF’s Initiative? In 2005, Christine Olson’s 22-year-old daughter, Tiffany, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Palmetto. Christine was not notified of the accident until six hours later. By that time, Tiffany’s body was already at the morgue, which was closed.
According to the National Association of Emergency Medicine, the average time to notify next of kin is six hours.
Christine didn’t want other families to be put in this horrible situation, so with the help of State Representative Bill Galvano, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and other law enforcement agencies, she started TIFF’s (To Inform Families First) Initiative. This program is voluntary and allows residents of six states, including Florida to be entered into a database accessible only by law enforcement. TIFF is a nonprofit agency with more than 10 million registered.
You can enter your loved one in this service. To sign up, go to https://services.flhsmv.gov/eci/ and enter the ID/License information and your own contact information. This way, in the event of an emergency, you can be the first to know.
For more information, visit http://toinformfamiliesfirst.org/index.html