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Media Advisories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
Friday, March 3, 2006 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 357-3507

U.S. Assistant Secretary For Aging Josefina G. Carbonell To Participate In Historic Groundbreaking Of Nation’s First Safe Center

HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging (AoA) Josefina Carbonell will join Alabama Governor Bob Riley and other state and local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the nation’s first Safe Center on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in Guin, Alabama.  

WHO: Josefina G. Carbonell,
   Assistant Secretary for Aging, HHS
Governor Bob Riley
Guin Mayor Phil Segraves
Irene Collins, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Senior Services
   
WHEN: Tuesday, March 7, 2006
4 p.m. Central Time
   
WHERE: 581 – 14th Street North
Guin, Alabama
(behind Marion County High School)

Media availability will take place at Marion County High School, 8115 U.S. Highway 43, immediately following groundbreaking ceremony

For More Information: John Matson, Alabama Dept of Senior of Senior Services, 334-353-8712

Background:
The Safe Center is a new concept for senior centers developed by the Alabama Department of Senior Services in partnership with AoA, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Safe Centers, which will operate as senior centers throughout the year, will provide specially-designed, safe and immediate shelters for vulnerable and at-risk seniors in the event of a disaster. Guin is located in Alabama’s “tornado alley” where severe tornadoes frequently hit. AoA has worked with Alabama to provide funding for critical services to communities that continue to recover from hurricanes and tornadoes that have hit the state in recent years.