Press Release: Gov. Martinez orders state offices closed Friday, Feb. 4.

SANTA FE – This evening, Governor Susana Martinez continued to work closely with leaders across the state to provide emergency assistance to New Mexicans impacted by interruptions in natural gas and power services caused by record low temperatures. To hasten the supply recovery, Governor Martinez ordered state operations not providing critical services to close tomorrow in order to decrease the strain on energy supplies throughout the state. The Governor will be holding a press briefing at 8:30 p.m. tonight with Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry at the Albuquerque Joint Information Center.

“Due to statewide natural gas shortages, I have ordered all government agencies that do not provide essential services to shut down and all non-essential employees to stay home tomorrow, February 4,” said Governor Martinez. “I have also encouraged all schools that have not already announced closures to strongly consider doing so.

“As we work to restore natural gas services, I hope that all New Mexicans will do their part to preserve the resources we do have and care for those most in need by turning down their thermostats and assisting friends, family, and neighbors who are without heat. An up-to-date list of emergency shelters is available on the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s website as well as the Governor’s website for anyone who is experiencing unbearable cold temperatures in their homes. I encourage all of my fellow New Mexicans to take appropriate measures to stay safe and warm.”

Governor Martinez is encouraging New Mexicans to seek shelter in one of the facilities located around the state should they feel home conditions are inadequate. For a list of emergency shelters around New Mexico, please visit http://www.nmdhsem.org or http://governor.state.nm.us.