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Publication Date: September 2005

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Topic: Transportation (Mail and delivery service)


The U.S. Postal Service has experienced many disasters in the past, and it was relatively well prepared for the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While the hurricane damaged some 500 post offices, the Postal Service was able to establish limited services just days after the disaster. For those now displaced from their homes, USPS says that it can provide relatively efficient delivery service if customers submit a change of address form in person, by toll-free telephone, or on the Internet. USPS has no current plans to request congressional appropriations for the costs it has incurred in restoring operations. This report will be updated in October.


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