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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|June 22, 2004
||Contact: CMS Public Affairs
June 3rd, 2004
AoA Provides $120,000 Disaster Relief To Older
Victims of Hurricane Isabel
Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging of the
U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) recently awarded three grants
to Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia, totaling $120,000
to reimburse these States for expenses incurred in the aftermath
of Hurricane Isabel.
“ These AoA disaster relief funds are very helpful in providing critical
disaster relief services and advocacy for older victims of natural disasters,” said
Josefina G. Carbonell. “The force of the hurricane seriously damaged a
twenty-three county area, and many seniors were severely impacted by the devastating
winds and flooding that occurred as a result of Hurricane Isabel on September
18, 2003. AoA’s award of these funds will help the three state agencies
continue supportive efforts to help older adults who still need assistance in
rebuilding their lives,” said Carbonell.
The following state agencies received AoA funding:
- Maryland Department of Aging - - $40,000
- North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services, Division on Aging
- Virginia Department for the Aging - $40,000
Although months have passed, Hurricane Isabel’s negative
impact on the lives of many seniors is still being felt, particularly
in the Lower
Eastern Shore regions. Hurricane Isabel caused power outages that affected
millions of people and many homes and vehicles were damaged or demolished
by trees, flooding, and high winds.
This was a particular hardship for low and fixed-income seniors. There are
seniors who still need help with housing arrangements, case management, cleanup
and home repair. Area Agencies on Aging have spent many extra hours assessing
the damage, counseling and helping older persons complete the paperwork for
financial assistance, and referring people to appropriate agencies.
" We know that seniors often take a bit longer to recover from disasters
of this magnitude, and we want to be able to provide needed assistance to help
them get back on their feet. Our funding fills in for services and activities
that older people need that are not provided through other emergency resources," Carbonell
For additional information on AoA’s national disaster preparedness and
response activities, please contact Irma Tetzloff at (202) 357-3525.