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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Katrina: Neither rain, nor sleet

The Post Office is working to get checks to social security recipients affected by Katrina. They have locations and a schedule, but it's only good through Monday, September 5 (a holiday, no less), at 5:00 p.m. I suppose there will be a new schedule starting Tuesday. (PRNewsWire U.S. Postal Service Moves Quickly to Re-Connect Hurricane Victims with Their Mail.)

And:

Evacuees Can Get Free Post Office Boxes

From the P.O. box article:

People who believe they may have family members at the Houston Astrodome can address their mail to the named individual at "General Delivery Houston, Texas 77230."
Similar arrangements are being made for major shelters set up for people evacuated to other areas.
The district manager for the U.S. Postal Service in Houston said the agency's headquarters staff began putting the plan together before Hurricane Katrina hit last weekend.

That last line is particularly interesting. It makes me wonder what provisions the Post Office made when they heard Katrina was coming. Surely the U.S. Postal Service has its own protocol and doesn't sit around waiting for a mayor or a governor to give them their cue.

And, what happened to all the mail that was put in mail boxes in areas damaged by the hurricane after the last pick-up on say, Saturday or Sunday, and whenever. Same for all the UPS, FedEx, and DHL boxes.

Posted by Marie at September 4, 2005 9:38 PM