GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s hard to stay ahead of bad weather especially in Michigan. The snow and ice always seem to know when we have plans, special things we need to do or when we just want to stay inside where it’s warm and toasty. No matter when bad weather comes, it’s important to act. We each owe it to our families, our neighbors, and our letter carriers to make sure our property is safe and accessible.
“The Postal Service would like to thank you - our customers for making sure that pathways, walkways, stairs and the approaches to your mailboxes have been cleared of snow and ice” says Sabrina Todd, Greater Michigan District Postal spokesperson. “This aids in the prevention of injuries, and allows the letter carriers and delivery employees to provide the best possible service, even in the worst weather” adds Todd.
Todd further states, “mail delivery in rural areas and on private and secondary roads can be especially challenging for rural carriers due to snow removal not being as immediate as on primary roads. Most carriers on these delivery routes utilize their own private vehicles and often times can get stuck or cannot access the mail boxes due to snow and ice build up. Removing the snow from around these mail receptacles is definitely appreciated”.
Customers in rural areas can benefit from renting a Post Office box at their local Post Office. Post Office boxes can be rented for 6 or 12 month periods and provides consistent delivery, even in inclement weather.
We realize that you – our customers desire to get your mail delivered consistently regardless the season. The Postal Service thanks you for keeping your delivery approaches cleaned in order to provide you with uninterrupted service this and every season.
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