National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Postal Service will observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is held each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

The commemoration honors the cultures and contributions of people of Spanish, Mexican, Central American, South American and Caribbean ancestry.

Approximately 13 percent of USPS employees report Hispanic ancestry.

The Postal Service has honored Hispanic peoples and cultures with many stamps throughout the years.

Recent releases include Mariachi, a celebration of the Mexican musical tradition, and Day of the Dead, a colorful issue marking the Nov. 1 holiday that combines Indigenous and Roman Catholic elements.

On Sept. 8, USPS released Piñatas!, four vibrantly colored stamps depicting the traditional Mexican party favorite.

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place when it does because mid-September to mid-October encompasses meaningful dates in Latin America.

Sept. 15 marks the independence anniversaries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on Sept.16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Dia de la Raza, or Day of the Races, is Oct. 12. The holiday acknowledges the hardships brought by colonization and celebrates the multicultural, multiethnic society that evolved as a result.

The theme for this year’s celebration, chosen by the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers, is “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One.”

The National Hispanic Heritage Month website has more information.

Crisis checklist

During National Preparedness Month, the Postal Service is reminding all employees to be ready at a moment’s notice.

All employees should:

• Update their emergency contact information.

• Review posted emergency procedures and evacuation routes.

• Be familiar with the USPS National Employee Emergency Hotline: 888-EMERGNC (888-363-7462). Employees can call the hotline after an emergency to report their condition and check for changes in their scheduled work reporting status.

Checklists and other tools are available on the USPS National Preparedness Blue page.

Cybersecurity training

All Postal Service employees with an ACE ID must complete the annual CyberSafe at USPS training by Sept. 26.

The course, called CyberSafe Fundamentals, presents the skills and knowledge needed to follow cybersecurity policy and practices to protect the organization’s electronic information.

This training is mandatory, but employees can opt out if they pass a one-time pretest.

Available on the HERO site on Blue or LiteBlue, the course also provides best practices for handling sensitive and sensitive-enhanced information to keep USPS electronic data secure.

Employees who do not meet the Sept. 26 deadline will have limited ACE system access until the course is completed.

For more information, go to the CyberSafe at USPS training page on Blue or email