Hurricane Sandy (2012): 60 km Wind Area Forecast (Photo credit: Canadian Pacific)
Here are Friday’s updates from the United States Postal Service on mail and FedEx delays caused by Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent clean up and recovery efforts.
Hurricane Sandy: USPS continues to monitor the effects of Hurricane Sandy and is currently in a recovery phase. As the impacts become known, USPS will keep mailers advised with updates on this page. Safety remains the top priority.
Drop shipments: The following sites are not accepting dropshipments at this time. Instructions for re-redirections will be provided at a later time.
- DV Daniels (redirected Kilmer NJ)
- Morgan (redirected to Brooklyn)
- New Jersey Metro (redirected to Kilmer NJ)
- New Jersey NDC
Remittance Mail: Customers inquiring about availability for Remittance or Caller Service mail usually available at Morgan P&DC, can now receive that mail at the Farley Post Office across the street.
Instructions for Remittance and Caller Mail availability for Dominic V. Daniels still isl pending.
Updates will be posted as they become available.
Facilities under Embargo: Trenton and Monmoth Plants are both closed. Dropships are embargoed and Business Mail Acceptance processed have ceased until further notice.
Appalachian:: Forty-eight offices remain closed, and 183 without power.
- Avon NJ PO
- Belmar MPO
- Bradley Beach MPO
- Flat Top
- Glent Fork
- Neptune Branch
- Sea Girt PO
- Spring Lake PO
Baltimore District: Forty-three offices remain without power; with all except nine operating on a generator. There are a total of 10 retail offices that remain closed; five of which are the result of mall/building closings. The remaining five offices are related to flooding. Note: There are four additional offices that have the potential of flooding due to rising 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
Central PA: As a result of a power outage, 88 retail sites are operating at a reduced capacity.
Connecticut Valley: Four offices that remain closed due to a loss of power.
Greater Boston District: Three offices that remain closed and without power.
- 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: Sixty-three offices that remain closed and without power.
New York: Fifteen offices that remain without power.
Northeast Area: The following 10 facilities remain without power:
- DV Daniels
- Monsey DDC
- New York L&DC
- New Jersey Metro
- Staten Island P&DC
- Stamford P&DC
Northern New England: Eleven offices that remain without power.
Northern New Jersey: As a result of the storm, 197 offices that remain without power.
Northern Ohio: Five offices that remain without power.
Northern Virginia: All retail offices are open. There are 16 remaining offices without power, but still operating.
Philadelphia Metro District: All three mail processing plants in Philadelphia, (Philadelphia Plant, NDC, and Southeastern PA) are fully operational and accepting mail. Fifty-two retail offices that remain without power, with 22 unable to provide full retail service.
Richmond Virginia: Thirteen offices remain without power. Eight are in the Mountain area, four on the Eastern Shore, and one in 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 ferry service to the island has not resumed. 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: Twenty-six offices that remain closed, and 80 without power.
||Point Pleasant Beach
||Sea Isle City
|Cape May Point
Barrier Island Offices are under evacuation.
Triboro: Twenty-five offices that remain closed and without power.
Westchester: All BMEU operations have been suspended.
Westchester: Due to Hurricane Sandy, 117 offices that remain closed and without power.
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.