AAAs Affected by Harvey, Irma Begin Recovery
In the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the hard work of recovery and rebuilding begins. We've reached out to all members affected by the recent disasters in the south, and were unsurprised to hear of their valiant efforts to get their agencies up and running as quickly as possible to better serve the older adults left vulnerable or homeless by the storms.
Many reported that case managers continued to work even as they and their families were still in shelters. AAA directors are coordinating with federal and state officials to ensure maximum efficiency, even as the support provider groups not yet back in operation. Our network knows from past disasters that the work of recovery is difficult, stressful and under-resourced—and that your clients are usually the most at-risk for negative health effects due to their age, income or isolation level.
As n4a CEO Sandy Markwood mentioned in her letter to the network on September 8, we will continue to support our affected members and share any specific staffing or resource needs they may have from sister agencies. Meanwhile, please consider donating to the n4a Disaster Relief Fund. All donations will go straight to the AAAs in the form of cash awards, so that they can best meet local and individual clients' needs.
Throughout this period, the Eldercare Locator has been on call to provide critical assistance in connecting older adults in affected communities to their local AAA and disaster relief resources. During the last couple of weeks, the Eldercare Locator has seen a surge in calls from older adults and their caregivers requesting assistance in their recovery efforts, due in part to referrals from FEMA. Eldercare Locator Information Specialists are hard at work at n4a's office connecting affected individuals to resilient AAAs that are providing on-the-ground support with shelter, food, medical supplies and transportation.
As communities rebuild and recover from these disasters, the Eldercare Locator will continue to serve as a vital conduit between older adults struggling to deal with the aftermath of these events and the services and supports offered by local AAAs.