South Carolina National Guard soldiers work this week at a traffic control point in Conway, SC, one of the areas evacuated before Hurricane Florence’s arrival. Image: U.S. Army
The Postal Service is responding to Hurricane Florence, which is bringing torrential rain, damaging winds and life-threatening storm surges to the Southeast.
To protect employees and the public, USPS has suspended mail delivery and retail operations at several Post Offices in coastal areas, including parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and other affected states.
“Our top priority is the safety of our employees and customers. We’ll make every possible delivery — but only where it’s safe and reasonable to do so,” said Linda Malone, vice president of Capital Metro Area, which includes the region in the storm’s path.
The Postal Service began preparing last week for Florence, the first major hurricane of the season. In addition to providing employees with emergency guidelines, USPS has advised customers of potential service disruptions.
The organization’s preparations were a joint effort with the postal labor unions and management associations. “We’re all working together during this challenging time,” Malone said.
Employees affected by the storm should call the USPS national emergency hotline at 888-363-7462 to report their condition and check for changes in their scheduled work reporting status.
Customers who have questions about mail delivery should check the USPS Service Alerts site for updates. The Postal Service is also posting updates on social media and distributing news releases with information for customers.
USPS provides benefits information
USPS employees can go online to post questions and receive answers about their benefits.
Reminder: If you have questions about your benefits, the Postal Service has answers.
You can go onlineto post your questions and get answers from the Benefits and Wellness team. You can ask about health plans, retirement options, flexible spending accounts, commuter programs and other benefits-related topics.
The discussion board is part of the IdeaSMART platform, an online forum that allows postal employees to share feedback on improving the organization.
You can use most electronic devices — including computers, smartphones and tablets — to access the IdeaSMART application and participate in a chat. You’ll need your ACE ID and password or your employee identification number and self-service password.
a) Their annual leave available balance
b) Their federal income tax withholding
c) Their leave without pay available balance
d) Their sick leave available balance
4. Who said, “When you’re proud of where you work, when you’re excited to have conversations with customers and co-workers, and when that feeling is part of everything you do, that’s engagement.”
a) Operations Integration and Support Manager Lisa Adams
b) Enterprise Analytics Vice President Isaac Cronkhite
c) Customer Experience Vice President Kelly Sigmon
d) Acting Organizational Development Analyst Mark Wahl
5. Fill in the blank: The Music Icons: John Lennon Commemorative Forever stamp features a photograph taken by (blank).
a) Antonio Alcalá
b) Neal Ashby
c) Bob Gruen
d) Peter Fordham
Answers: 1) a. 2) d. 3) b. 4) d. 5) c.
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