Hurricane Sandy will impact mailing and shipping.October 29, 2012

Time: October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy will impact mailing and shipping.

Hurricane Sandy will impact mail services. The same restrictions and limitations will likely apply to FedEx, UPS and DHL. I will forward information to you as it becomes available.


Reports are coming in that several Bulk Mail Entry Units are closing and Plant Verified Drop Shipments are is contingent on employees being able to get to work. Conditions are deteriorating fast in New York City with water on the street in lower Manhattan and winds working up past 60. A spotter 70 miles west of coast is getting heavy rain and 50 mph winds. Connecticut is banning all truck traffic at 11 AM so mail won't move in or through that state.

Sandy continues to be an extremely large and dangerous system with a track and intensity that are without precedent in the era of modern weather observation. Sandy poses a major threat to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Residents from New England to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and eastern Ohio should have completed their preparations. The latest projection takes the center of Sandy into the coast somewhere in Delaware or the southern half of New Jersey. It is very important to not focus just on the center of the projected path map since the major impacts will extend across a wide area well away from where Sandy's center eventually moves inland. The impacts will range from widespread destructive winds, heavy rainfall and major storm surge flooding to even heavy, wet snow.

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide official updated notices regarding the USPS and National Mail Service operations of any upcoming affected USPS facilities when available.

This information is being provided to the College by Erv Drewek, Manager of Postal Affairs at Brown Printing and a member of the USPS Mail Technology Advisory Committee. MTAC