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Think Tank
Joe Schick, Vice President of Postal Affairs

Joe Schick
Vice President of Postal Affairs


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Kudos to Our Partners at the USPS!

Monday 11/5/2012

Most of us find it easy to bash the USPS and other government agencies on a regular basis. In many cases, they make it easy to do. But when disasters strike, one government agency stands out from the rest: the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS usually meets and/or exceeds the creed it lives by: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

Such is the case with the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. Postal employees live and work in the same communities that have been torn apart by the recent disaster. Like others, they are dealing with loss of property, loss of lives, no power, no fuel and blocked roadways. It's easy to forget that as our first thoughts turn to, "Will my mail get delivered and if so, when?"

We should expect timely information from the Postal Service related to facility and post office closings due to the storm. We should expect regular updates regarding drop ship availability at processing centers. And we should expect to get reliable information on potential delays in mail delivery to the impacted areas. However, we should also be patient and appreciate the effort that is being put forth by Postal Service employees and executives who are doing everything they can to restore processing and delivery service to the affected areas.

Keep that in mind as things gradually get back to normal. You can find the latest service-related updates from the USPS at (


>> posted by Lisa Bowes  on 11/6/2012 11:51:07 AM
Great post. I couldn't agree more. Will be re-posting, thank you.
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>> posted by Dennis Farley  on 11/7/2012 1:05:54 PM
Joe, I live in Queens, NY and parts of our borough were destroyed entirely – but in my area, the carrier never missed a day of mail. And with no power, no internet, no phone service- even no daily newspapers for a few days- it was nice to get our mail every day- really nice when ESPN The Magazine came right on time! You are right about the USPS- their employees are dedicated to providing service in tough times- from the Postmaster General right on down to Mike, my carrier in 11421.
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