Hurricane Sandy (2012): 60 km Wind Area Forecast (Photo credit: Canadian Pacific)
Here are today’s updates from the United States Postal Service on mail and FedEx delays due to severe weather.
Hurricane Sandy: USPS continues to monitor the course of Hurricane Sandy and is preparing facilities and employees in the storm’s projected path. As Sandy makes landfall and the impacts become known, the Mailer Service Update page will be updated to keep customers advised of impacts on USPS operations and facilities. USPS is prepared for a quick response before, during and after Hurricane Sandy and has procedures in place to expedite recovery efforts. Safety is the top priority. Check here for more notices and updates as the storm makes landfall and pushes inland.
FedEx Transportation: Preparation for Hurricane Sandy has resulted in cancelation of FedEx transportation to the following locations for Monday, Oct. 29:
Lehigh Valley, PA
New York, NY
Stewart Airport, NY
Drop shipments: The following sites are not accepting dropshipments at this time. Instructions for re-redirections will be provided at a later time.
- Long Island
- New York
- Northern New Jersey
Facilities under Embargo: Trenton and Monmoth Plants are both closed. Dropships are embargoed and Business Mail Acceptance processed have ceased until further notice.
Appalachian: As of Oct. 30, the following offices are not operational:
- Flat Top
- Glent Fork
Baltimore District: As of Oct. 30, forty three offices remain without power; with all except 9 operating on a generator. There are a total of 10 retail offices that remain closed; 5 of which are the result of mall/building closings. The remaining 5 offices are related to flooding. Note: There are 4 additional offices that have the potential of flooding due to rising Bay water. Updates will be provided at a later time.
Capital District: Conditions in the 206 area of Southern Maryland has greatly improved. There are 4 offices that remain without power.
The following offices are without internet service:
- Congress Heights
- Silver Spring Main
Connecticut District: As of Oct. 30, several offices remain without power and are not operational.
|Short Beach Finance
|Stoney Creek Finance
Greater Boston District: Updates as of Oct. 30:
- Northwest Boston Plant – (not accepting dropshipments at this time.
- Wellesley Hill – 02481 ( no retail service)
- Ocean Bluffs – 02065 (CLOSED)
The following facilities are without power:
- New Braintree – 01531
- North Falmouth – 02556
- Quincy Center – 02169
The following facilities are without internet connection:
- Northbridge – 01534
- Stow – 02090
Greensboro: The six outerbank offices are expected to resume services Oct. 31, along with PO Box delivery with the resumption of ferry service. Transportation challenges continue, with significant damage to roadways.
Long Island, NY and Westchester: All retail and BMEU operations will be closed at 12 p.m. Oct. 29.
New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester and Triboro: All retail and BME operations have been suspended as of 12:00 p.m. Oct. 29
New York: As of Oct. 30, all retail operations have been suspended. Long Island is 80% without power.
Northeast Area: The following 10 facilities remain without power:
- DV Daniels
- Monsey DDC
- New Jersey NDC
- New Jersey L&DC
- New York L&DC
- Northern New Jersey Metro
- Staten Island P&DC
- Stamford P&DC
Northern New Jersey: Hurricane Sandy has seriously affected USPS operations in Northern New Jersey. USPS has suspended all plant and Post Office operations in the area. Updates will be provided as conditions change.
Northern Virginia: As of Oct. 30, all retail offices are open. There are 16 remaining offices without power, but are still operating.
Philadelphia Metro District: As of Oct. 30, all three mail processing plants in Philadelphia: Philadelphia Plant, NDC, and Southeastern PA, are fully operational and accepting mail.
There are 38 retail offices that remain without power, and are unable to provide full retail service.
Richmond Virginia: As of Oct. 30, thirteen offices remain without power. Eight of which are in the Mountain area, 4 on the Eastern Shore, and 1 on the Northern Neck. There’s currently no retail service in Wallops Island, due to the military not allowing access to the installation. Retail operations at Tangier Island have resumed, but there continues to be no ferry service to the Island. Eastern Shore continues to experiencing a disruption in service due to flooding.
The following collection points have been taken out of service:
- Saxis PO (not accessible due to causeway being flooded)
- Norfolk State University (not accessible due to University being shut down)
South Jersey District: The following offices have suspended service Mon. Oct. 29.
||Point Pleasant Beach
||Sea Isle City
|Cape May Point
Barrier Island Offices are under evacuation
Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) Hurricane Sandy Impact:The three MTESCs affected by the storm, Philadelphia, Martinsburg and Springfield, are expected to be in operation by the close of business Oct. 30. These facilities will attempt to deliver orders today.
Attention PostalOne!® Mailers and Users
Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the East Coast on Monday, October 29, 2012. There may be major flooding, high winds and power outages throughout the East Coast. If PostalOne!® is unavailable in hurricane impacted areas, or mailers are unable to produce their mailing documentation, the BMEUs, DMUs and Post Offices will operate under the PostalOne!®Contingency Plan.
This plan will allow mailings to continue to be accepted with as little impact to mailer as possible and ensure all fees and postage is collect during this period.
Below is a brief summary of the PostalOne! Contingency Plan:
- Acceptance units will move to a manual process when necessary to record all mailings presented if the PostalOne!® system is unavailable.
- A Record of Mailings log will be created for each permit holder that presents a mailing if the PostalOne!® system is unavailable.
- Each mailing accepted will be recorded on the Record of Mailings log .
- Each postage statement, will be retained with, and numerically assigned to, the Records of Mailing Log.
- Mailers who normally submit their postage statements electronically, either through the Postal Wizard or through Mail.dat or Mail.XML, may submit hardcopy postage statements or provide a hardcopy Daily Log of Mailings (copy attached) or facsimile.
If a mailer is unable to upload files and PostalOne! is operational, the Full-service discount will be allowed pending outcome of problem.
Mailers will need to submit their Full-Service electronic documentation once the systems are restored.
Mailers who are entering Plant Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS) mailings and cannot reach the intended destinating facility may deposit the mailings at the nearest open Postal facility that can accommodate the mailing(s). Mailers will be required to submit the appropriate PS Form 8125 with the mailing to show postage has been paid.
If you have any questions please call the Help Desk at 800-522-9085.