Postal Service Continues to Restore Mail Services Along the Gulf Coast

Sep 10, 2005, 01:00 ET from U.S. Postal Service

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Postal Service continues to
 reconnect Gulf Coast residents with their mail, now providing full delivery
 service to some 75 percent of residents and businesses affected by Hurricane
     In Alabama, 100 percent of the Post Offices statewide are fully
 operational. In Mississippi, delivery and retail service has been restored to
 87 percent of the state. In Louisiana, postal services have been restored to
 30 percent of the state.
     Continuing efforts to reconnect displaced residents with their mail, the
 Postal Service is urging customers to file a change of address form, according
 to Azeezaly S. Jaffer, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications.
 This will allow hurricane victims to receive important emergency services
 information, financial aid, and medicines through the mail.
     The quickest and easiest way file a change of address is electronically,
 he said.
     Customers who have computer or telephone access should utilize the Postal
 Service's Internet or Telephone Change of Address option. Electronic change of
 addresses can be filed online at or by calling
 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).
     Hurricane victims without telephone service or internet access should go
 to the nearest post office, complete a change-of-address form, and submit it
 to a postal Retail Associate at the counter or mail it.
     To date, more than 87,000 households of affected residents have filed a
 Change of Address.
     Also during the last week, the Postal Service has distributed more than
 20,000 Social Security checks to residents at mobile locations in Louisiana,
 Mississippi, and Alabama.

SOURCE U.S. Postal Service