In our video interview, Michael Quinn from the CIF details how the organization can help the collision repair industry as it prepares for latest hurricane.
The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is gearing up to respond if the collision industry needs assistance as Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast.
In our video interview with Michael Quinn, from AirPro Diagnostics and a Board Member of the CIF explains the organization’s history and how it helps the industry both prepare and recover from disasters.
Founded in 2001, the CIF is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization with the mission to secure and distribute cash, equipment, tools and other resources to collision repair professionals who have lost their livelihood caused by natural disaster or other catastrophic event.
With the 2018 Hurricane season in full swing, the CIF wants to bring awareness of its’ mission and seek support of this cause. The Disaster Relief Task Force has reached out to shops in California and the Pacific Northwest during this summer’s fire season and more recently to the Automotive Body & Paint Association of Hawaii (ABPAH) after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Lane hit the islands.
“It’s comforting to know the Collision Industry Foundation exists to assist our fellow brothers and sisters impacted by natural disasters,” stated Dale Matsumoto of Auto Body Hawaii and board member of ABPAH. “Fortunately, so far this hurricane season, the Hawaiian Islands were spared from major damage, but we appreciate the work of the volunteers at CIF and encourage all industry participants to support their mission.”
Bill Shaw, CIF President and PPG Director of Business Development, stated, “As we look to the fall season and 2019, we encourage all industry stakeholders to support our efforts and to make tax deductible donations to support those who may be impacted. We hope that no one has to experience what many did last year, but know that we at CIF stand ready to serve when the need arises. We thank all our donors who enable us to serve the industry.”
“We’re prepared to step in and help those in our industry as we did last year after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the wildfires in California,” stated Michael Quinn, CIF Disaster Relief Task Force Chairman and SVP of Business Development at AirPro Diagnostics. “If you or others you know are impacted by any storms or other natural disasters, please go to the CIF website and request aid.”
While the CIF works to update its industry specific disaster preparation guide, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also offers a collection of documents to help businesses prepare for disaster on its Emergency Preparedness Resources for Businesses page.