How do you prepare for the unpreparable?
by Jennifer A. Kelly
Posted on 2018-09-17
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 destruction than that coast has ever seen from a hurricane. All of these events in one week have led us at TIFF to ask, How do you ever prepare for the unpreparable?
In the wake of these tragedies, we realize that weeks like last week evoke a slew of emotions for the survivors of mass tragedy. Seeing graphic images splashed across the screen, along with the countless conversations of people remembering where they were and what they were doing on that day, cause those who have lost loved ones to relive that day over and over. We once again go through the fear, the helplessness, the not knowing where or how their loved ones are. One small comfort in the aftermath of tragedy is often knowing that you did everything you could, and the rest was out of your hands.
When you register your emergency contact information (ECI) with TIFF, you make it possible for anyone who finds you in a crisis situation to be able to get word to your loved ones as fast as possible. We cannot prevent unforeseeable circumstances, but we can be prepared for them. Just like you would gather supplies and ready your home and family for an impending storm, we strongly encourage you and your loved ones to prepare for the worst by making sure your ECI is up-to-date and accurate. It only takes minutes, it’s free, and it could make all the difference in the world during the aftermath of a calamity.
As we remember these significant events, particularly September 11th, 2001, please know that our hearts go out to everyone involved in the events of that day. Please share this blog with anyone who was directly affected by those tragedies with our deepest sympathies. Finally, if you are a survivor of 9/11, please share your story with us here. We DO remember and understand the importance of keeping memories alive by retelling those moments. #9/11 #neverforget
“You’ll never know how much you need it until YOU need it.” ~Jon Stuart, SCORE mentor