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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
Monday, August 11, 2003 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 401-4541

AoA Disaster Relief To State Agency Aids Older Kansas Tornado Victims

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) 357-3525.