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Hurricane Irma

USPS responds to major storm

Man boards up home in rain
A Ft. Myers, FL, home is boarded up before Hurricane Irma made landfall Sept. 10. Image: American Red Cross

The Postal Service is responding to Hurricane Irma, the massive storm that is expected to move into Georgia Sept. 11 after battering Florida and the Caribbean islands.

In Gulf Atlantic District, which includes portions of northern Florida and southern Georgia, USPS is advising customers that normal service operations will be interrupted due to unsafe conditions such as high winds, flooding or impassable roads.

Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys Sept. 10 and then pounded Miami, in South Florida District, before moving up the coast into Suncoast District. The storm made its second landfall in Naples, FL, and overnight it moved into the Tampa area.

In the Caribbean, where Irma struck last week, USPS is in recovery mode.

“The Postal Service’s primary concern is the safety of our employees, customers and suppliers,” said PMG Megan J. Brennan. “We stand with everyone who has suffered losses, and we are doing everything possible to quickly restore service and assist with the recovery efforts.”

Irma arrived on the heels of Harvey, which caused massive flooding and disrupted service in Texas and Louisiana in late August and early September.

USPS is advising employees affected by Irma to call the USPS national emergency hotline at 888-363-7462 to report their condition and check for changes in their scheduled work reporting status.

The Postal Employees’ Relief Fund and Employee Assistance Program are available to help employees who are affected by natural disasters and other emergencies.

Customers who have questions about mail delivery should check the USPS Service Alerts site. The Postal Service’s news release also has information.

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