Being vigilant

The Postal Service is reminding employees to stay safe during public demonstrations.

The security of employees, facilities, vehicles and the U.S. Mail is important to the organization and the Postal Inspection Service.

Vigilance is especially important during times like these, where large numbers of people may be in the streets, in front of buildings and along postal routes.

Here are some tips you should follow to stay safe:

• Be aware of your surroundings. Think about situations where you may be at risk.

• Leave the area if you see suspicious activity around a postal facility or postal vehicle. Find someplace safe and call 911, then call your supervisor.

• Jot down any details you can remember. This can include a description of the suspect and direction of travel.

Here are some tips to keep your facility safe:

• Be vigilant. Display your USPS photo ID. Report any suspicious activities, including strangers and visitors who aren’t wearing badges, to a supervisor.

• Help protect your facility. Secure entry points and dock doors when not in use. Ensure alarms and camera systems are operational. Lock security gates each night with a case-hardened padlock and secure unattended vehicles at all times.

• Practice accountability. Immediately report stolen or vandalized vehicles to a supervisor. Keep empty trailers locked at all times. Secure money orders and cash drawers at the end of the day, and follow proper closing procedures for retail counter lines.

• Maintain a current master inventory of all accountable keys. Ensure all keys are accounted for and secured at the end of every day. Place all accountable mail in a locked security container or safe.

The Postal Service distributed a stand-up talk last week that highlights these and other tips.

Time of need

USPS employees have until June 30 to contribute to Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which oversees the CFC, announced a special solicitation in April to help more than 6,000 organizations facing operational challenges due to the health crisis.

So far, USPS employees have pledged more than $35,000, which includes the value of pledged volunteer hours.

Employees can use the online CFC Donor Pledging System or the new CFC Giving mobile app to make contributions during the special solicitation.

The campaign website’s FAQs page has more information.

Pet peeve

Your cute, cuddly pet dog or cat might be unwittingly helping online hackers gain access to your personal data.

Pet owners love to post images of their pets on social media. Cybercriminals know this, too.

They also know that many pet owners include their pets’ names in passwords.

Hackers often use phishing, smishing, vishing and other social engineering techniques to con victims into revealing information like pet names. The information is later used to decipher passwords and security questions in order to gained unauthorized access to personal and business accounts.

To protect yourself, the CyberSafe at USPS team recommends the following:

• Limit. Be careful sharing information online about your family, occupation or other personal details.

Verify. If you receive a request for information, make sure the person or company is legitimate. Never send information if you have any doubts.

Report. If you suspect you are being targeted on your USPS-issued device, immediately call the Cybersecurity Operations Center at 866-877-7247 or send an email to CyberSafe@usps.gov.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBlue pages have additional information.

Alleviating stress

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar on a breathing technique that can help reduce stress.

The session, “Diaphragmatic Breathing,” will be held Wednesday, June 10, at noon EDT.

GEHA, a not-for-profit provider of health plans for federal employees, will conduct the webinar, which will show how the technique can be used during meditation or at any time.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. Space is limited to the first 1,000 registrants.

After signing up, directions on accessing the webinar will be emailed to each registrant.

Participation is voluntary. Non-exempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the Health and Wellness team.