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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Monday, August 11, 2003
||Contact: AoA Press Office
AoA Disaster Relief To State Agency Aids Older Kansas
Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for
Aging Josefina G. Carbonell today awarded $65,000 to the Kansas
Department on Aging for advocacy, outreach and gap-filling services
that it provided and continues to provide to more than 100 older
tornado victims in Wyandotte, Seward and Leavenworth counties.
These funds will enable the Kansas Department on Aging to offer
general home cleaning, trash removal, chore services, home repair,
case management, and outreach and nutrition services.
President Bush declared on May 6, 2003, parts of Kansas as eligible
for disaster assistance in the aftermath of tornados and flooding
Assistant Secretary Carbonell expressed her concern and pledged
to help the older victims affected by these tornadoes recover.
“Many of these seniors affected by the tornados in May experienced
severe damage to their homes, experienced a disruption in supportive
services that help them remain independent in their own homes,”
said Assistant Secretary Carbonell. “We’re eager to
help alleviate some of their suffering though this award of $65,000
to the Kansas Department on Aging,” she continued.
The AoA disaster relief funds will help provide critical gap-filling
services such as case management and advocacy, chore services,
legal services, transportation, handyman and other assistance
to meet individual needs of elderly persons affected by the severe
storms. The Kansas Department on Aging will work with the Wyandotte-Leavenworth
and Southwest Area Agencies on Aging that serve the three counties
affected by this disaster to assure that older persons receive
the services they need in coping with the aftermath of the tornadoes.
For additional information on AoA’s national disaster preparedness
and response activities, please contact Irma Tetzloff at (202)