The official start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1, and the South Florida District Emergency Management Team (EMT) is prepared to weather any storm.
the leadership of District Manager Jeffery A. Taylor and Emergency Manager
Michael Vecchitto, the EMT includes postal officials and Postal Inspectors. On
May 5, National Preparedness Specialist Teresa Parrett coordinated a hurricane
preparedness tabletop exercise in the District Office to ensure that each team
member understood their roles in an emergency.
as you have an Emergency Action Plan to protect your family and secure your
property, the EMT has a multitude of tasks assigned in the Integrated Emergency
Management Plan (IEMP) and its Hurricane Guide which outlines specific
preparedness, response, and recovery actions as Standard Operating Procedures
(SOPs). The mission of the EMT is to ensure your safety and well-being as the
Postal Service restores operations and service as quickly as possible following
a tropical storm or a hurricane.
an emergency such as a tropical storm or a hurricane, the EMT relies on the
Postal Alert Notification System (PANS), a web-based and wireless
communications mechanism, to coordinate tasks and record actions taken before,
during, and after a weather event. Throughout the season (June 1 – November
30), EMT members monitor National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisories 24/7. Based
on these weather forecasts, the team communicates through meetings and
teleconferences to make operational decisions. This information is then
messaged on the National Employee Emergency Hotline.
National Employee Emergency Hotline (1-888-EMERGNC
or 1-888-363-7462) is the
official source of information for weather issues, work schedule changes, and
facility status. Enter this number into your cell phone for easy access.
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.
These individuals will relay the employee information to District and Area
If you 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. Through
the use of highly-trained operators, calls can be made 24/7, 365 days a year
allowing Florida residents who are in need of services to connect and
communicate with anyone at any time.
The simplest way to access the variety of Florida Relay
services available is to dial 7-1-1. If the phone from which you are calling
does not accept 7-1-1, TRS has a list of dedicated toll-free numbers for each
call-type that you can utilize.
If you are using TTY equipment
If you are a standard (voice) user, and are trying to
connect with a Relay user.
If you are utilizing a computer
Voice Carry Over (VCO)
If you prefer to speak directly to the hearing person. When
the hearing person speaks to you, the Relay Operator types everything said to your TTY or VCO phone.
Speech to Speech (STS)
If you have a speech disability and would prefer to have a
specially-trained Relay Operator serve as your voice and repeat your responses to the called party.