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KDADS Launches Operation Red File in Johnson County Thursday

For Immediate Release 

October 19, 2017

For more information contact:
Angela de Rocha
Director of Communications
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
785-806-7482

TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ (KDADS) has partnered with sponsors in Johnson County to launch Operation Red File Thursday. Operation Red File is designed to help seniors keep their critical health information accessible if needed in an emergency.

“We look forward to sharing with Johnson County residents how important it is to keep copies of key medical records at hand in case of an emergency. Operation Red File makes those records instantly recognizable to first responders,” said KDADS Secretary Tim Keck. “This is life-saving information that provides an extra level of protection for older Kansans and those with disabilities when it is most critical.”

Secretary Keck encourages anyone interested in participating in the program to come meet KDADS staff and event sponsors at Johnson County Art and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park from noon to 7 p.m. The Johnson County Park and Recreation District committed to bringing this program to its community during the Live Well Age Well Expo (formerly Senior Fest).

Participants in Operation Red File receive a large, red, magnetic folder that they can place on their refrigerator for instant access, where first responders will know to look for it. Participants are encouraged to put copies of their medical information and other critical documents in the folder, such as a clear, current photograph of the participant; a medical form with all current medical information; a medication list that can be updated as needed; and medical coverage information.

First responders and emergency staff can use this information to:

  • Instantly access medical history and medication records in an emergency
  • Avoid delays caused by trying to get information from a confused patient
  • Ensure that the family/responsible party will be notified quickly
  • Have a photograph available in the case of a Silver Alert

Operation Red File inaugurated in Shawnee County last year and has continued to grow statewide. Johnson is the 24th county in the state to launch the new medical information initiative that is part of the agency’s Senior Medicare Patrol program and more kick-off events are scheduled in the coming months.

If you or a loved one is interested in Operation Red File, contact KDADS Medicare Grants Director Irina Strakhova at 800-432-3535 for more information.