USPS keeping an eye on Hurricane Irene

WILMINGTON, NC — The U.S. Postal Service is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene by advising customers that normal service operations in the path of the storm may be affected in the event of unsafe conditions such as high winds, flooding, or impassable roads.

Regular postal operations are expected to be in effect for today, Aug. 26, and possibly Aug. 27. Depending on local conditions, some Post Offices may temporarily close their lobbies as Hurricane Irene makes landfall. The Postal Service is preparing for Irene’s arrival by advising customers to deposit outgoing mail today to ensure timely processing of mail destined for delivery outside the local area. If roads become impassable or unsafe for travel, mail delivery services may be curtailed, and mail collection schedules from mail collection boxes could be suspended.

Postal Service employees in North Carolina will be working around-the-clock to secure the mail, postal facilities and equipment in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irene.

The Postal Service will make plans to suspend services in the event a mandatory evacuation order is issued by local, state, or federal emergency management officials. Customer service operations in any area covered by a mandatory evacuation order will be suspended, including mail processing, mail delivery, scheduled collection of mail from mail collection boxes, bulk mail acceptance, Post Office box service and retail Post Office lobby services. Drop shipment appointments for commercial mailers will also be suspended at closed facilities.

For the latest information on USPS service updates, check:

http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm.

Postal Service employees in the area are being advised to check for changes to their scheduled work reporting status by contacting the USPS National Emergency Notification Hotline to determine if any special instructions have been issued. The toll-free USPS National Emergency Notification Hotline for U.S. Postal Service employees is: 1-888-363-7462.

Additional information regarding postal operations within specific ZIP Code areas will be issued by the U.S. Postal Service as necessary.

RICHMOND, VA – The U.S. Postal Service is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene by advising customers that normal service operations in the path of the storm may be affected in the event of unsafe conditions such as high winds, flooding, or impassable roads. The Capital Metro Area of the Postal Service is closely monitoring the movement of Hurricane Irene as it makes its way up the coast. The storm is not predicted to reach the Virginia area until Saturday afternoon. As a result, USPS operations in the area are expected to proceed normally throughout the weekend.

“We give every consideration to safety,” said USPS Richmond District Manager Jacob Cheeks. “We will ensure that each Post Office is safe for our customers, and we will make sure that our Postal employees are not in harm’s way while performing their duties. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and will continue to do so throughout this weekend.”

Depending on local conditions, some Post Offices may temporarily close their lobbies as Hurricane Irene makes landfall. The Postal Service is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene by advising customers to deposit outgoing mail today or tomorrow to ensure timely processing of mail destined for delivery outside the local area. If roads become impassable or unsafe for travel, mail delivery services may be curtailed, and mail collection schedules from mail collection boxes could be suspended.

The Postal Service will make plans to suspend services in the event a mandatory evacuation order is issued by local, state, or federal emergency management officials. Customer service operations in any area covered by a mandatory evacuation order will be suspended, including mail processing, mail delivery, scheduled collection of mail from mail collection boxes, bulk mail acceptance, Post Office box service and retail Post Office lobby services. Drop shipment appointments for commercial mailers will also be suspended at closed facilities

Postal Service employees in the Virginia area are being advised to check for changes to their scheduled work reporting status by contacting the USPS National Emergency Notification Hotline to determine if any special instructions have been issued. The toll-free USPS National Emergency Notification Hotline for U.S. Postal Service employees is: 1-888-363-7462.

Additional information regarding postal operations within specific ZIP Code areas will be issued by the U.S. Postal Service as necessary.

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  • Poor Richard

    Carriers – WE ROCK! And management with Saturday’s off – Why do you work here?

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  • Bill

    Portsmouth, VA OIC at 2 pm stated “inform the carriers to start coming back”, Mr. Cheeks comment “we will make sure that our Postal employees are not in harm’s way while performing their duties”. I hope the carrier that was out delivering mail in the Hurricane until almost 5pm on Saturday feels better that management cares so much about his safety!