Buzz cuts

Go Beyond, new Forever stamps issued by the Postal Service, were dedicated Aug. 3 at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.

The stamps feature Buzz Lightyear, the fictional space ranger who was first seen in 1995’s “Toy Story” and earlier this year starred in his own animated movie, “Lightyear.”

Buzz teaches us about “heroism, loyalty and perseverance,” said Chief Processing and Distribution Officer Isaac Cronkhite, who helped dedicate the stamps.

“Just like Buzz, the Postal Service has also looked to the stars for inspiration,” Cronkhite said, citing the many stamps that honor NASA’s accomplishments and STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — education.

Cronkhite was joined at the ceremony by Jan Coleman, vice president of global marketing partnerships, representation and inclusion at Walt Disney Studios.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with the United States Postal Service to give fans the opportunity to bring Buzz Lightyear home with them,” Coleman said.

Buzz fans got a sneak peek at the new Go Beyond stamps in June during the red-carpet premiere of “Lightyear” in Los Angeles. The film is now streaming on Disney+.

“The Postal Service takes great pride in honoring the very best of the nation through our stamp program,” Cronkhite said. “And Buzz Lightyear certainly fits that description.”

The five stamp designs are taken from “Lightyear,” which explores the character’s origin story. Greg Breeding, the art director, used illustrations from the film.

The Go Beyond stamps are available in panes of 20 and can be purchased at Post Offices and usps.com.

Hurricane prep

The Postal Service wants to remind workers that the high season for hurricanes is here.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with most storms forming after Aug. 1.

The storms can cause high winds, heavy rain, flooding and other dangerous conditions, with coastal areas most affected.

Disasters happen whether you are prepared or not, so take those few moments to get ready:

• Know your community’s hurricane plans, including evacuation routes.

• Complete a personal preparedness plan that includes a household inventory and the location of important family documents.

• Prepare your home for hurricane-force winds or flooding.

• Store enough food and water to last at least three days. One gallon of drinking water per person per day is recommended.

• Create a personal preparedness kit and include items such as hand sanitizer and disposable masks as a precautionary measure.

• Prepare a first-aid kit and make plans for pets.

• Keep contact information current using a physical address — not a PO Box — and mobile telephone number. Go to the Life Changes LiteBlue page and update your address if necessary.

If a hurricane is expected, call the USPS National Employee Emergency Hotline at 888-363-7462 (888-EMERGNC) for work schedule or reporting-time change information.

The National Preparedness Blue page has more information, including personal preparedness resources.

The National Hurricane Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready.gov also have additional information.

Inspecting gadgets

What do today’s smart TVs, fitness equipment and home security systems all have in common

They all can connect to the internet.

This technology, known as the Internet of Things, refers to everyday devices that have an online connection — which makes them vulnerable to targeting by hackers.

Although these devices can reveal as much personal information as your computer or smartphone, they often are not secured with strong passphrases and are overlooked for security updates.

To protect yourself and your devices, the CyberSafe at USPS team offers the following tips:

• Stay current on all software updates and security patches.

• If your device is fully functioning without the internet, it’s safest to disable the online connection.

• Use a strong, original and memorable passphrase to serve as your password.

The workplace is also vulnerable to risks associated with the internet of things.

Plugging any personal devices — smartphones, tablets, wearable technology — into USPS equipment violates Postal Service policy and puts the organization’s data at risk.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBluepages have additional information.