Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner Closes City Offices, Cancels State of the City

April 18, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner has cancelled his State of the City that was scheduled for today and has instructed all non-essential City employees to stay home.  In addition, municipal courts operations are closed today.

"This is a dangerous situation and I do not want our employees trying to get to work," said Mayor Turner.  "All Houstonians need to stay off the roads.  Do not go out until conditions improve."  
Below are all of the instructions for City employees and the cancellation notices:

  1. Tier 1 employees should be at their duty stations for deployment when/if needed.
  2. Tier 2 employees should contact their immediate supervisor for duty assignments/updates.
  3. Tier 3 employees, or non-essential personnel, are to stay at home for the day.
  4. The State of the City has been cancelled until further notice.
  5. Municipal Courts are closed for the day.
  6. Houstonians and Businesses are encouraged to stay in place and keep the roadways clear.

The City of Houston has activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Houston Emergency Center to Level III (Increased Readiness) and is currently coordinating the City's emergency response with the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, Public Works & Engineering and the Mayor's Office of Public Safety & Homeland Security.

Additional updates will be provided by the AlertHouston emergency notification system at

Please be on the lookout for updates to messaging from OEM and the Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner throughout the day.