US Postal Service suggest Mail Delivery Options for Displaced Hurricane Sandy Residents

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Postal Service (USPS) suggested that residents who were displaced from Hurricane Sandy should consider alternate mail delivery options. Postal customers should consider filing for a change of address, placing a mail delivery hold, or a temporary forwarding address. The three services are all options that would help keep the mail flowing.

Temporary Change of Address

A change of address can be filed either online or at a nearby Post Office location. The address change can be set for 15 days and up to one year. As the mail comes in, it is then forwarded to the new address. Customers can go to usps.com and then click on the “Manage Your Mail” tab. At the post office, the postal employee will ask you to fill out a “Change of Address” form.

General Delivery

If you do not have a permanent temporary address to have your mail sent to, you can ask for General Delivery service, which will allow the mail to be picked up at the specified postal location for up to 30 days. People who send the mail to a General Delivery address must make sure to use the ZIP Code for the designated Post Office.

For more information about finding a Post Office with the capability to handle General Delivery, postal customers can contact the USPS at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777). Additionally, any Post Office location will be able to help with General Delivery information. At USPS.com, there is a ZIP Code lookup tool where customers can search for a General Delivery ZIP Code. In the address line of the ZIP Code search box, type in “General Delivery,” the city, and state, and then click the “Find” button. The result will return the proper ZIP+4 Code to use.

Premium Forwarding Service

The last option is to use the Postal Service’s Premium Forwarding Service. This forwarding service costs money to use. The temporary forwarding lasts between 15 days and up to one year. The Postal Service will bundle the mail and send it by Priority Mail on every Wednesday to the forwarding address. Priority Mail delivery time is between two and three days. Customers can sign up for this option at any Post Office. The service information is also available at www.usps.com under the “Manage Your Mail” tab.

The Postal Service is also announcing updates for delivery status in the impacted communities. They will make these announcements on their phone line. To get the updated Postal Service delivery information call toll-free 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).

By: Dave Reddy

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