Tornadoes ravage South

The Postal Service is responding to a tornado outbreak earlier this week that caused the deaths of at least 21 people and left a large path of destruction in Mississippi and Alabama.

USPS has accounted for its employees in the area.

A powerful E4 tornado touched down in Rolling Fork, MS, and traveled at least 59 miles, remaining on the ground for more than an hour. At some points, its width was estimated to be three-quarters of a mile.

A postal employee who lived in Rolling Fork lost her home.

Because of the damage sustained by the Rolling Fork Post Office, USPS has set up a mobile retail unit in the parking lot. PO Box customers with proper ID can pick up their mail at the unit.

Customers are also being advised that they can conduct retail transactions at the nearby Post Office in Mayersville, MS.

A Post Office in Camp Hill, AL, sustained water damage from the storm that spawned the tornadoes and has set up a mobile retail unit in that facility’s parking lot.

Customers are also being advised that they can conduct retail transactions at the nearby Post Office in Dadeville, AL.

The Postal Employees’ Relief Fund and Employee Assistance Program are available to help affected employees.

Deck designs

The Postal Service dedicated its Art of the Skateboard stamps on March 24 at the Desert West Skate Park in Phoenix.

The ceremony kicked off PHXAM 2023, an annual amateur skateboarding competition that draws participants from around the globe.

Skateboarding now attracts a greater cross section of people than ever before and became an Olympic sport in 2020.

“As an American institution older than our country itself, the Postal Service is always looking for ways to highlight and honor the stories and histories that are unique to the United States,” said William Zollars, a member of the USPS Board of Governors, who spoke at the ceremony.

The Art of the Skateboard stamps feature four designs created by skateboarders-turned-artists Crystal Worl, Di’Orr Greenwood, Federico “MasPaz” Frum and William James Taylor Jr.

Worl’s deck has a blue and indigo salmon design expressing her Tlingit/Athabascan heritage. Greenwood’s design displays eagle feathers and the colors of the rising or setting sun and represents her Navajo culture.

Frum created a jaguar design connected to his Colombian ancestors. A striking red and orange graphic abstraction by Taylor, a Virginia artist, energizes the final skateboard.

The Forever stamps are available at Post Offices and

Stormwater policy reminder

USPS is reminding employees and contractors to prevent hazardous chemicals from entering the environment and waterways when washing postal vehicles outside.

The organization’s “zero discharge” policy prohibits postal employees and contractors from releasing oil, grease, metals, acids and other pollutants into outdoor drains and stormwater systems.

When washing vehicles outside, employees and contractors must:

• Use either dry wash or high-vapor steam techniques (no wash water generated) or a wet wash with wash water collected or contained, vacuumed into a tank or container and transported off site for proper wastewater management.

• Use a covered area that is protected from stormwater run-on and runoff when washing vehicles in the rain.

• Not release or discharge any wash water or pollutants into stormwater systems.

The Vehicle Washing Requirements Environmental Compliance Bulletin and the Environmental Compliance Blue page have additional information.

Facilities can establish vehicle washing contracts through the Vehicles, Delivery and Industrial Equipment Category Management Center.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 97.19 percent during the week ending March 24, down 0.09 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected March 29.

WestPac led the four areas with a rating of 97.29 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 97.02 percent rating.

Among the 67 districts, ID-MT-OR, part of WestPac, ranked first with a 98.19 percent rating, while Illinois 1, part of Central, ranked last with an 94.67 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Recycling update: USPS Supply Management and the Office of Environmental Affairs and Corporate Sustainability have announced that employees can resume recycling ink and toner cartridges by using third-party vendor Clover Technologies.

The recycling of ink and toner cartridges through has been suspended since Oct. 18, 2022.

The March 23 issue of the Postal Bulletin has instructions on how to recycle ink and toner cartridges.

Update your travel account: Employees who use the GetThere online travel booking tool should make sure their profiles contain their email address otherwise they will lose access after April 15. Employees whose profiles have been purged will have to request a new GetThere profile through eAccess.

Delivery data. From Jan. 1 through March 17, the Postal Service delivered 91.2 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 94.6 percent of Marketing Mail and 87 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

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