Playing it safe

While football fans are getting ready for Super Bowl LIV in Miami this weekend, the Postal Inspection Service is working to secure the mail arriving at Hard Rock Stadium before the big game.

“We do our part to keep the players, spectators and employees safe by ensuring the mail and packages going to the stadium are safe,” said Antonio Gomez, inspector in charge of the Inspection Service’s Miami Division.

The division’s mail screening team is screening mailpieces and parcels for harmful chemicals, biological agents and explosives.

Additionally, USPS has removed blue collection boxes in Miami, Miami Beach and Davie to aid in security measures and to accommodate activities associated with the game. The boxes will be reinstalled next week.

“The Postal Service is working hard to prepare for this year’s game, and that includes working closely with the Postal Inspection Service to protect the mail and our employees and customers,” said Acting South Florida District Manager Sal Vacca.

More than 150,000 visitors are expected to descend on Miami for this year’s Super Bowl, which will feature the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49ers.


Postmasters and other managers will receive new Business Connect kits this week.

The kits contain information about small and lightweight shipping options for business customers.

Also included: a survey for Postmasters, station and branch managers and customer services supervisors.

“The Business Connect kits are a valuable tool for our field managers,” said Mary Anderson, small-business engagement director at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “We would like to have as many respondents as possible take the survey included in the kit so we can continue to effectively talk to our customers about their business needs.”

Show some heart

Postal Service employees can participate in National Wear Red Day, which is held annually to raise awareness of heart disease.

This year’s National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 7.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, accounting for approximately 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About half of all Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking, CDC reports. Heart disease can be prevented through managing diet, exercise and stress management.

National Wear Red Day is part of American Heart Month, a time to show support for those living with and at risk for heart disease, as well as caregivers.

Employees who participate in National Wear Red Day are required to follow their facility’s dress code or the regulations detailed in Employee Labor Relations Manual, Section 930, Uniform Program.

For more information, email the USPS Wellness team at

Handling with care

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Approximately how many USPS employees are covered by the organization’s new tentative agreement with the National Postal Mail Handlers Union?

a) 430
b) 4,300
c) 43,000
d) 430,000

2. Why did USPS recently add QR codes to blue collection box labels?

a) To provide customers with nearby Post Office addresses
b) To provide customers with nearby Post Office hours
c) All of the above
d) None of the above

3. Which of the following Postal Service forms was updated this month to provide customers with additional options?

a) PS Form 969, Material Recycling and Disposal
b) PS Form 3849, Sorry We Missed You
c) PS Form 8076, Authorization to Hold Mail
d) PS Form 8187, Hazardous and Regulated Substance Release Notification

4. Fill in the blank: USPS designated Jan. 24 as (blank) to celebrate the lead-sharing program.

a) Clerks Care Day
b) Customer Connect Day
c) Rural Reach Day
d) Submit a Lead Day

5. Which 2010 Distinguished Sailors stamp subject recently had an aircraft carrier named in his honor?

a) Arleigh A. Burke
b) John McCloy
c) Doris “Dorie” Miller
d) William S. Sims

Answers: 1) c. 2) c. 3) c. 4) c. 5) c.