Storm forces cancellations

Published 4:15 pm Friday, January 29, 2010

Several area activities have been canceled or delayed because of tonight’s expected snowstorm.

The Community Concert, originally scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Southampton High School featuring the musical group Chapter 6, has been canceled.

The Courtland Volunteer Rescue Squad’s spaghetti dinner benefit, which was set for Saturday at the Courtland Ruritan building, also was canceled.

The Franklin High School Varsity Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball games versus Appomattox Regional has been postponed until Thursday. Games will still begin at 5 p.m. for the girls and 6:30 p.m. for the boys.

All Virginians should prepare themselves for the approaching winter storm by collecting emergency supplies, making a family communications plan and staying informed about what could happen, advised the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Eight people died during the December snowstorm, and though this storm may not cause as many power outages, it will bring dangerous conditions.

“We all should learn from the most recent disaster and be prepared for this storm,” said Michael Cline, state coordinator for the VDEM. “Everyone should take the time now to look at their family’s specific needs and talk about what they would do in an emergency.”

The National Weather Service is predicting a winter weather system to hit Virginia tonight and continue through Saturday.

All Commonwealth residents should follow these safety tips:

Do not drive unless it is absolutely necessary. Half of the December snowstorm deaths resulted from vehicle accidents on slick roads and motorists driving too fast. If you must drive, wear a seatbelt.

Avoid overexertion during clean up. Shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.

Supply your car with an emergency kit that includes water, food, a battery-powered radio, blankets, flashlight and extra batteries.

“Being prepared means getting ready to deal with severe weather no matter where you are,” said Cline.

Detailed information about preparing for any emergency is available at