Augusta Free Press

State agencies respond to winter storm

The Commonwealth continues around the clock response to the recent severe winter weather. The storm dropped as much as 12 inches of snow in some parts of the state, leaving Virginians with snow-packed, icy roads and very low temperatures for the next few days. Residents are encouraged to protect themselves by limiting travel, staying inside and taking safety precautions.

“Whether you’re outside shoveling snow or have plans to travel, please keep your safety and the safety of others in mind,” said Governor McAuliffe. “With continued frigid temperatures expected across the Commonwealth, the snow and ice you see today will likely stick around for several days.”

Here’s a list of current state agency storm response efforts and how they are assisting Virginians:

“For older adults and for individuals with disabilities, snow and extreme cold can bring slips, falls and other health emergencies,” said Commissioner Jim Rothrock of the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. “With even lower temperatures predicted for Virginia later this week, now is the time to check in with older relatives, friends and neighbors and individuals with disabilities to ensure they have enough food and medication on hand to last a week, and to encourage them to leave shoveling the snow to others to avoid falling or straining the heart.”

There are a number of potentially life-saving actions that people can take, including: