June 27, 1997
TO: State and Area Agencies Administering Plans Under
Title III and Tribal Organizations Administering Plans under Title
VI of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as Amended
SUBJECT: AoA Disaster Video: "America's Aging Network,
Coping with Disasters" (Edited Version)
LEGAL AND RELATED REFERENCES: Older Americans Act, As
Information Memorandum AOA-IM-96-06 dated May 26, 1996
Last May, former Assistant Secretary Fernando M. Torres-Gil provided
state and area agencies on aging and tribal organizations with
a copy of the Administration on Aging (AoA) Disaster Preparedness
Video entitled, "America's Aging Network, Coping With Disasters."
This video was created as part of AoA's ongoing efforts to assist
our network of aging organizations throughout the country to address
the various needs of older persons impacted by natural disasters.
The videos were distributed to AoA's aging network and others
who work on the front lines with older Americans and their families.
We have received much positive feedback about this video and
our efforts to assist older persons who often have special needs
and concerns in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Since that
time, we have edited the videos to make them customer friendly
to the Spanish-speaking population as well as making them closed-captioned
for the hearing impaired.
Copies of the closed-captioned videos are being made available
to each AoA regional office. Any state or area agency on aging
or tribal organization wishing to use a closed-captioned video
may contact one of AoA's regional offices. A current list of regional
offices is attached to facilitate such requests.
Since a limited number of videos in the Spanish language are
available, a copy will be forwarded to an agency only upon request.
These requests should also be directed to AoA regional offices.
INQUIRIES: Inquiries should be directed to Alicia
Valadez Ors, National Disaster Coordinator at (202) 619-2618 or
Regional Administrators, Administration on Aging, HHS regional
William F. Benson
Acting Principal Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Aging