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Postal Pointers: U.S. Postal Service offers online post office 24/7

July 17, 2013
By KATHLEEN SWANSON , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Hurricane activity during the last few years has been moderate. But this year could be different.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the possibility of more hurricanes - some severe - this year. That prediction comes on the heels of some of the worst tornadoes, high winds, wildfires, and flooding to hit the United States in recent years.

The United States Postal Service wants everyone to know that the mail is always "going through." Local postal employees will make arrangements in devastated areas, such as following hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires or extensive flooding, for residents to access their mail.

Sometimes they set up temporary operations in a parking lot or they work out of mobile units - whatever it takes to get the mail delivered.

Individuals concerned about the delivery of mail to friends and relatives or creditors located in areas affected by recent disasters can check on deliverability by going to: and clicking on "mail service updates." The link provides information on temporary changes for the area to provide mail service.

Residents in affected areas need to know that the Postal Service will make every attempt to deliver their mail, but residents who are relocating from affected areas, even temporarily, need to file a change of address with the Postal Service. A change of address can be filed by calling (800) ASK-USPS or online at:

Kathleen Swanson is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.



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