Mail and packages to be delivered as scheduled

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2004

While many other businesses and schools expect to close in the next couple of days mail and package delivery are expected to proceed as normal.

Both the United States Postal Service and United Parcel Service said Tuesday they would continue as usual unless told otherwise.

Post Office Delivery Supervisor Jeff Daniels said his mail delivery personnel would work in the storm.

&uot;We are strictly going by EMA plans and what they tell us to do,&uot; said Daniels. &uot;That is what we go by. They will let us know what needs to be done.&uot;

Daniels said the plan is to proceed as normal unless advised differently.

&uot;Unless they tell us different we will be up and running and delivering mail,&uot; said Daniels. &uot;We just have to wait and see. It is all up in the air right now.

We should know more by tomorrow. As for today we just have to wait and see what happens.&uot;

United Parcel Service Representative Jay Baker said they would use the same plan of action. Baker said currently no plans to halt delivery are in progress.

&uot;Of course as of right now everything is good to go,&uot; said Baker.

&uot;There are no road closings or anything like that.&uot;

Baker said that could change quickly if Hurricane Ivan hits as hard as predicted.

&uot;If conditions were to get to a point where roads were closed or packages could not be delivered for one reason or another they would be stored in a dispatch center until conditions change,&uot; said Baker.

&uot;Of course everything is fine now, but things can change.

We just have to wait and see.&uot;

Both services agreed the picture would be much clearer by Wednesday afternoon. Ivan is expected to make landfall late Wednesday or early Saturday morning. The damage the storm brings with it will likely determine whether packages and mail will be delivered.