Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Susana Martinez Governor Michael S.

Duvall Cabinet Secretary Designate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE REACH OUT TO NEIGHBORS, ELDERLY, SHUT-INS DURING THIS EXTREME COLD Contact: Beverly Allen 505.231.7197 SANTA FE, NM- The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management wants to remind New Mexicans to reach out to neighbors, friends and family and those less fortunate during this extreme cold. A simple phone call or welfare check can sometimes make the difference between a happy ending and tragedy. Make sure elderly family members and friends have enough medication, food, water and fuel during these cold days when they may not be able to get out. For the disabled and shut-ins a home visit can make all the difference in the world. If transportation is needed, providing that can be a big help. Also make sure pets have enough food and water. For more information on extreme cold and its dangers go to www.ready.gov or www.cdc.gov For updated weather information and the latest road conditions call 511, or logon to www.nmroads.com, www.weather.gov, or www.nws.noaa.gov. For real time updates follow NMDHSEM on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/nmdhsem . For information on emergency kits go to www.ready.gov The Department continues to monitor this extreme weather event on a 24/7 basis with a round the clock duty officer and communications with emergency managers and local officials in municipalities, counties and tribal entities around the state helping to facilitate aid when local resources are stretched. The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management was established to enhance the State’s ability to coordinate efforts for the prevention, preparedness and response to all hazards, including, terrorism. The agency serves as a bridge between the State and Federal Government and the cities and counties of New Mexico for homeland security and emergency management activities. ###

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