Postal worker slips on ice in North Dakota, post office closes

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In early December, the postal worker running the post office in the small town of Douglas, North Dakota, slipped on the ice, injuring his leg and knee, and the post office was put under an "emergency suspension" for eight weeks.  As reported in the Minot Daily News, on May 25,  a meeting was held in Douglas to brief postal customers … Read More

Not closed, but not open: An emergency suspension in Beallsville, Maryland

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The post office in Beallsville, Maryland, was shuttered for an “emergency suspension” in August of last year because the landlord wanted to raise the rent. According to the Gazette.Net, on Tuesday, May 7, a meeting was held with local residents and Postal Service representatives to discuss making the suspension a permanent closure. Turns out the closing was caused by a … Read More

Investigating the Emergency Suspensions

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Although an "emergency suspension" is supposed to close a post office temporarily, just until the circumstances can be corrected, once a post is suspended, it rarely opens again.  Back in 1997, a General Accounting Office study found that of the 651 post offices that had been suspended over the previous five years, only 31 had re-opened.  Some people think that … Read More

Manufacturing Emergency: Stories of Post Office Suspensions

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It can take months for the USPS to go through the bureaucratic process of closing a post office, but under the law’s provision for an “emergency suspension,” the USPS can shutter a post office in as little as 24 hours.  According to the Postal Operations Manual (download pdf), these suspensions are supposed to be temporary closings for unusual circumstances—a natural … Read More