Despite the snow and unusually cold temperatures that have blanketed the state, the U.S. Postal Service wants to assure our customers that we will be making every attempt to deliver critical mail such as medicine and other essential items along with regular mail whenever possible tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, and for the rest of the week.

Employees scheduled to work tonight (Sunday), and Monday morning are encouraged to make arrangements to arrive on time to provide this necessary service to our customers.

To help letter carriers deliver the mail safely, we are appealing to our customers to assist us by clearing snow and ice from pathways leading to their mailboxes.

“Snow and ice can make delivery hazardous,” said Greater Indiana District Manager Larry Diegel. “Maintaining a clear path to the mail box — including steps, porches, walkways and street approach — will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service and help them get mail, especially critical mail delivered.”

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes. “The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort,” said Diegel. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.”

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for our customers to deposit their mail and for the Postal Service to collect the mail for delivery. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice. “We want our letter carriers to be safe,” he added. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.”

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.