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Employees should prepare for hurricane season

This satellite image shows a hurricane between Florida and Cuba.
This satellite image shows a hurricane between Florida and Cuba.

The Postal Service reminds employees to be prepared for hurricane season, which began this month and continues through Nov. 30.

Most coastal areas and the Caribbean are subject to hurricanes. The storms can cause high winds, heavy rain, flooding and other dangerous conditions.

To prepare, take these steps:

  • Complete a preparedness plan that includes a household inventory and the location of important family documents. Share copies with relatives or friends.
  • Store enough food and water to last at least three days. One gallon of drinking water per person per day is recommended.
  • Prepare your home for hurricane force winds or flooding.
  • Prepare a first-aid kit and make plans for pets.
  • Keep contact information current using a physical address — not a PO Box and mobile telephone number. Go to LiteBlue, check your address of record and make necessary changes.
  • If a hurricane is expected, call the USPS National Employee Emergency Hotline (888-363-7462) for work schedule or reporting time change information.

Refer to the USPS Hurricane Preparedness Guide for more readiness tips.

For additional information, check the National Hurricane Center, Federal Emergency Management Agency and

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