Unclear when postal service will resume in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – Given the magnitude of the devastation caused by Hurricane María in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Postal Service does not have an exact date for when it will re-establish its service, thus discarding posts in social media alleging mail would begin to be delivered Monday.
“As you know, we are currently unable to provide service in Puerto Rico as we continue to evaluate postal conditions to ensure the safety of our employees. We do not have a date at this time to reestablish the service but we continue to coordinate our efforts very closely with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service,” USPS spokeswoman Maureen P. Marion replied to Caribbean Business.
Regarding delivery, Marion said that those interested in obtaining daily updates of the service, can visit http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm for the latest information.
“We do not have decisions about Puerto Rico yet but we are working diligently to give them back the service,” the press official said.
For the moment all shipment of supplies to Puerto Rico should carried out via the collection centers that have gradually taken shape in many U.S. cities.
Postal service to the Virgin Islands and St. Thomas, which were directly hit by the tenth most powerful hurricane ever recorded, have limited operations in some sectors.
As for USPS employees working in Puerto Rico, Marion urged them to report at least once a day by calling the hotline and selecting option 5 or via the WhatsApp messaging service at (978) 761-0380. If these alternatives are not viable, they should go to one of the postal facilities in either Humacao, Carolina, Mayagüez, Ponce, Caguas, Arecibo or the general post office of San Juan, if it does not entail risking their safety.
“I should say that our employees are your neighbors. Serving fills them with pride; that is a fact,” and added that they were also part of “the depth of this disaster.”