|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2005|
Hodges (DOH), (850) 245-4111|
Lisa Meyer (DOEA), (850) 414-2353
Statement from DOH and DOEA Secretaries
on the Closing of All Florida Special Needs Shelters
Following Hurricane Dennis
Dr. John Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., Secretary,
Florida Department of Health:
“Through the diligence and care of the volunteers at the
special needs shelters, we are pleased to say that our last
special needs clients left the Santa Rosa shelter today.
Dedicated doctors, nurses and health workers have been in
place caring for those residents with special needs who turn
to the Department of Health and our partner agencies for
care during an emergency.
“I am humbled by these health care workers, who leave
their own families in order to help those residents with
special health care needs. I applaud these volunteers and
thank them for their continued service. During each
potential threat to their communities, they continue to be
the first to rush forward to take care of their fellow
residents. I have no doubt that will always be the case.
From their hearts, they ensure comfort, security and
well-being to these residents in their greatest time of
Secretary Carole Green, Department of Elder Affairs,
“As Secretary of the Department of Elder Affairs, I
commend the dedicated individuals for the speed and
efficiency they displayed in the closing of special needs
shelters. I applaud caregivers who registered their loved
ones with special needs shelters. Additionally, staff in the
areas affected by Hurricane Dennis worked diligently, and
will continue to work, at assisting clients in returning to
their place of residence where they feel most familiar.
“I am especially proud of the department’s CARES
(Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care
Services) and Long-Term Care Ombudsman staff for making
certain that those individuals returned to a safe
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