Friday, August 12, 2016

Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

September 10 is the peak of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, do you know how to get information on your work schedule? How about if you must evacuate and leave the area?

The National Employee Emergency Hotline (1-888-EMERGNC or 1-888-363-7462) is the system the Postal Service uses in the event of an emergency. It’s the official source of information for weather issues, work schedule changes, and facility status.

Enhancements to the hotline have created a more interactive process to account for employees’ safety. If you evacuate a relocate due to an emergency, call the hotline number, and then press “5” after entering your facility ZIP Code.  You will be routed to an individual who can verify that you are in a safe environment. Those individuals will relay the employee information to District and Area leadership.

If you are deaf and/or hard of hearing and use Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), call a Florida TRS toll-free number, and the TRS operator will interact with the hotline application on your behalf. Please visit

It’s a good idea to enter this emergency information into your cell phone for easy access. Also, why not post it in a prominent location, perhaps among all the magnets and important notices on your refrigerator?


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