We had a telecom this morning with the postal service on their preparation for hurricane Florence. We have scheduled teleconferences at 8am and 7pm each day continuing until Sunday.
During the telecom, we were notified of the changes in Hurricane Florence. It has slowed to 15 mph, and direction has changed to S/SW. The winds have reduced to 110 mph, making it now a Category 2 hurricane and it has increased in size. The slower movement means more rain over a longer period of time. It is projected to still hit on the NC coast and then move south and take a direct line to Columbia. There will be extreme flash flooding and Extreme River flooding over the next week. The Fayetteville plant will be closing as of noon today. Deliveries in the 283, 284 and 285 have been suspended for the day.
Please make sure you call the emergency hotline number if you cannot make it to work or even if you are part of an office that is closed. They need to affirm that they heard from you and you are safe. This will also secure Act of Nature Pay (Administrative Leave 078).
We will continue to update and provide information as we get it.
Please update all of your emergency contact information with the postal service, (your contact number, your mailing and residential address and your emergency contact person and their number). When updating your emergency contact please do it via Liteblue if at all possible. If you are in an affected area and cannot be reached the inspection service will have to come to your residence to verify you are okay. The postal service is making arrangements for generators and they are being tested. The postal service is obtaining bottled water and MREs to have readily available if needed. The unions are being informed as best as possible.
We may be working mail for other areas or other area may have to work our mail according to the direction of the storm. Please be flexible and understanding as possible as we try to make through this crisis. You may want to make sure your personal vehicle has gas. Gas has become a problem; make sure that you are keeping your vehicle with gas. Your safety is first and foremost. I will be updating you as often as possible.