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Evacuated postal customers urged to quickly provide new address for mail delivery

November 02, 2012 @USPS

The U.S. Postal Service wants to remind customers who have evacuated or relocated due to the storm to submit a change of address, place mail on hold or request that mail be temporarily forwarded to their new location.

There are three services that may help customers maintain a continuous flow of mail: a change of address, General Delivery or Premium Forwarding Service (PFS).

Option 1: Submit a Change of Address online or at your Post Office, which can be used for 15 days and up to one year. Mail is forwarded piece by piece.

Option 2: General Delivery allows your mail to be on hold for up to 30 days at the area’s main Post Office if you don’t have a permanent address. Pick up your mail at the local Post Office. Make sure senders use the ZIP Code for the area’s main Post Office. The ZIP+4 will indicate general delivery.

ANYTOWN NY 12345-9999

To find the main Post Office in any area, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).

Option 3: Premium Forwarding Service requires a fee and is a temporary service which can be used for 15 days or up to one year. The difference with this is that mail is rerouted to you weekly, not piece by piece. Most mail is bundled and sent to you every Wednesday via Priority Mail, our 2- to 3-day service. There is a fee but it is the fastest, most complete forwarding service.
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