Solidarity and Support to Victims of Hurricane Ida
Our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Ida, especially our fellow APWU members.
Hurricane Ida, a Category 4 hurricane, touched down this past weekend, resulting in intense flooding & damage. On Aug. 30, President Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana. More than 5,000 members of the National Guard have been activated from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas to support search and rescue and recovery efforts, and President Biden pledged support for states in the Northeast after the hurricane’s remnants caused major storms and flooding on Sept. 1.
“Our brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Ida are not alone,” President Dimondstein said. “We stand together with them and their families as they recover from this recent disaster.”
In solidarity, all APWU members are encouraged to continue to donate to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). PERF provides relief grants to assist qualifying active and retired postal employees impacted by natural disasters, to help re-establish residence and replenish necessities in the aftermath of a devastating loss. Secure donations can be made by credit card using Pay Pal or through payroll deduction by designating #10268 during the Combined Federal Campaign, which is set to kick-off on October 2nd. PERF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Resources for Postal Workers
The Postal Service is advising employees in affected areas to call the USPS national emergency hotline at 888-363-7462 to report their condition and check for changes in their scheduled work reporting status.
The Employee Assistance Program (800) 327-4968 is also available around the clock to provide free, confidential counseling and referral services to help employees and their families to obtain resources and cope with their current challenges.
If you are a Union Plus member, you may also be eligible for assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.
Members in need that have additional questions are encouraged to contact the Secretary-Treasurer’s Department at 202-842-4205 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.