Times of need

PERF, EAP and other resources are available to employees who are affected by floods and other natural disasters.

The Postal Service reminds employees that assistance is available in times of crisis.

The Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF) helps employees and retirees whose homes are significantly damaged by natural disasters or fires.

PERF is not an emergency relief or immediate needs replacement organization such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross or insurance companies that are paid to replace property.

PERF, which is part of the Combined Federal Campaign, instead provides relief grants to help qualifying individuals get re-established after a loss, based on an application process.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helps employees and their family members cope with a variety of situations — whether a life-altering disaster or changes at work and other more routine matters.

EAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online or by phone at 800-327-4968. The TTY number is 877-492-7341.

The National Preparedness site on Blue has information on emergency plans for both work and home. Ready.gov has tips to prepare for summer weather.