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USPS Urges Sandy Evacuees to Provide New Address for Alternate Delivery

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Postal Service wants to remind customers who have evacuated or relocated due to hurricane Sandy to submit a change of address, place mail on hold or request that mail be temporarily forwarded to their new location.

There are three services that will help customers maintain a continuous flow of mail: A Change of Address, General Delivery or Premium Forwarding Service (PFS).

Option 1: Submit a temporary Change of Address online or at your nearest Post Office. The temporary Change of Address can be used for a period of 15 days up to one year. Mail is forwarded piece by piece. To request a temporary Change of Address, go to www.usps.com and click on the “Manage Your Mail” tab or visit your nearest Post Office and complete a Change of Address form.

Option 2: If you have been displaced and don’t have a permanent address, General Delivery service allows you to pick up your mail for up to 30 days at a designated Postal identified location in your current community. Make sure senders of your mail use the ZIP Code for the area’s designated Post Office. The ZIP+4 will indicate General Delivery.

To find the Post Office that handles General Delivery in any area, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) and request “Customer Service.”

An example of a properly-formatted General Delivery address looks like this:

JOHN DOE
GENERAL DELIVERY
ANYTOWN, NY 12345-9999

You can also obtain the proper General Delivery address information at any Post Office, or by selecting the “Look Up a ZIP Code” button on the www.usps.com home page. Using the ZIP Code lookup tool, type “General Delivery” in the address line, followed by the City and State, and click “Find.” The General Delivery location’s ZIP Code will be provided.

Option 3: Premium Forwarding Service is the fastest, most complete forwarding service available. The service is temporary, requires a fee, and may be used for anywhere from 15 days up to one year. The difference with this service is that your mail is that your mail bundled and sent to you every Wednesday via Priority Mail, the Postal Service’s two- to three-day service. .

To sign up for all of the available forwarding and Change of Address services, please visit your nearest Post Office or go to www.usps.com and click on the “Manage Your Mail” tab.

For the latest service updates regarding hurricane Sandy, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).