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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Monday, June 23, 2003
||Contact: HHS Press Office
AoA Provides Disaster Relief To Older Victims
Of Florida Tornados
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration
on Aging (AoA) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs,
Edwin L. Walker, recently awarded $30,000 to the Florida Department
of Elder Affairs as a result of the aftermath of tornado activity
on March 27, 2003, that caused extensive damage and flooding in
South Florida. The severity of impact was predominately in Dade
County, causing a shortfall of resources and affecting hundreds
of older Floridians in the area. On April 25, 2003, President
Bush declared parts of South Florida as a disaster area.
AoA’s funds will be used to reimburse the Florida Department
of Elder Affairs for many expenses it incurred assisting older
victims in the aftermath of the storms. More than 425 elderly
residents of the Miami-Dade County area required varied assistance
such as clean up and repair of homes; transportation; food replacement
and legal assistance with protection from fraud. Many of these
older individuals are also receiving case management and help
in resolving problems associated with rebuilding their lives.
The $30,000 AoA award to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs
will greatly assist in the ongoing case management, counseling,
in-home services and other gap-filling services.
For additional information on AoA’s national disaster preparedness
and response activities, please contact Irma Tetzloff at (202)