Thursday, October 06, 2005

USPS commended for heoric actions

The Mailing Industry CEO Council has issued a press release commending the leadership and employees of the United States Postal Service for their heroic actions to restore mail services to businesses and citizens displaced by Hurricanes Katrina.

Amidst widespread destruction across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, the U.S. Postal Service once again reaffirmed its universal mission to deliver the mail and....

- Took important steps to protect the mail before the storm hit, moving it away from coastal and low-lying areas where possible.

- Worked around the clock after the storm passed to ensure that Social Security checks -- a lifeline for older people -- were quickly delivered to more than 30,000 residents of Louisiana and Mississippi.

- Swiftly implemented emergency plans to reroute mail around affected areas, and then worked diligently to reopen damaged post offices. Within two weeks, 85% of the 500 shuttered post offices were providing full services to customers.

- Set up and staffed satellite offices and temporary ZIP codes at shelters, so that people could continue to receive their mail, even as they moved from one location to another every few days.

- Made it easy for displaced people to register a new address for themselves. Of the two million addresses affected by the storm, more than 1.7 million have already been successfully reestablished in a new location.

To view the entire release, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM