“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
It’s a phrase that many of you, and many Americans, have heard before. Luckily this unofficial motto is not strictly true, and preparations are already underway by the USPS for Hurricane Florence.
Extreme weather impacts over 7.5 million Postal employees across the entire country. Severe weather events delay mail delivery, damage vehicles and equipment, close mail facilities, and destroy mail. Luckily the USPS has contingency plans in place to minimize the risk of these threats.
Of course the first priority of the USPS is to keep all employees in the effected areas safe. Many post offices are suspending operations until Hurricane Florence has passed. A full list of service disruptions can be found HERE.
This means that mail processing will also be temporarily embargoed in these locations. These mail delivery delays are unavoidable and are utilized to keep employees and customer mail/parcels safe.
Postal operations will not be reinstated until safety issues due to Hurricane Florence have been addressed. Mail delivery may resume before electricity and phone service is restored to effected areas. Mail delivery is paramount when it comes to delivering information after an emergency. We are extremely grateful to all the loyal, hardworking Postal employees who will head back to work after the hurricane to deliver important correspondence.
USPS employees can contact the USPS National Emergency Notification Hotline at 1-888-363-7462 to check if schedules have been changed or for special instructions.