FWIW I got a Postal Letter todaygreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Here's the text of a letter the district sent out.
Date: December 15, 1999
Subject Business Continuity Plan-Y2K Emergencies
MEMORANDUM FOR: All --------- Performance Cluster Employees
The American people, the businesses and government agencies they rely on, will be relying on the U.S. Postal Service more than ever as we close the door on the 20th century and enter the new millennium.
In the event of major unanticipated Y2K work disruptions, the U.S. Postal Service will implement our Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to provide additional services to the American public. Our BCP is a structured process to provide an acceptable level of service in the event of disruptions to mission critical processes. Mission critical processes are those processes which impact the movement of mail, the generation of revenue, the payment of suppliers and employees, and the safety and security of employees and assets. These processes can be disrupted by internal failures - the breakdown of computer systems or mail processing equuipment or external failures - power outages, airport closures, or fuel shortages, to name a few.
To ensure we comply with our BCP, we want to inform all employees of the Postal Service's mission during times of internal or external environment adversity and of our policies regarding reporting to work. All employees have the resposibility and obligation to report to work as assigned. To fulfil our mission during any type of disruption, it is imperative that all employees be available to report to work as needed. Therefore, you should ensure that your immediate supervisor is aware of your home telephone number and where to contact you if needed when not regularly scheduled. Additionally, in the event of external environment adversity, you should be listening to *** Radio *** and/or News channel ***, or other public news broadcasts for specfic reporting instructions. This availability will ensure we are compliant with our mission of serving the American public as we go into the next millennium.
------------ ----------------- District Manager Senior Plant Manager Customer Service and Sales Processing & Distribution
I blanked out the geographically specfic stuff to protect the innocent
Now I also read a memo from district today delineating all the internal things us posties were to do with the systems under our control and the one that got me was the admonition to have all the LLV's(Long Life Vehicles) full of fuel by COB(close of business) on 30 Dec 1999.This contrasted with the Offical word out of DC not to fill up because this would dry up the system. Kind of a paradox yes?
My take on this is the powers that be are real shrewd(not likely)or someone's clueless and taking a shot in the dark as to what us posties should do(probably)or they've been talked to(Maybe). But this letter is consistant with other internal things I've read. Anyway the buzz tonight was which hotel we were going to be interned at til things got normal again. I wish I knew what FEMA had in mind for the PO but that channel's dead on the old crystal ball.Forgive the typo's as it's past my bed time.
-- nine (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 28, 1999
My Dad works for the PO in Norfolk. I hope they don't try to detain him in a hotel there; it ain't safe there any night, let alone under the adverse conditions which this memo imply would lead to such a senario.
What about employee's gas? Or is that why you guys would be sequestered?
What's this about pay?!!!!! Any dirt on the payroll?
-- Hokie (email@example.com), December 28, 1999.
"Performance Cluster Employees"
Nine, is this what is known in the trade as a "cluster f###"...
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), December 28, 1999.
Bwaaaah haaaaa! There are a lot of those at the DMV too (must be those gubmint operations).
-- Hawk (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 28, 1999.
Hey look fellas, the Postal service is a very importat part of the system. The mail must go on. There is still paper money that is mailed throught there, and people's lives depend on the delivery of thier checks. There are still businessess that depend on the mail. When you start downing that department, you are stepping on my toes. They are not perfect by a long shot, nor is any other agency or buisness, but the do perform a very vial link in our civilized world. By all means guys fill your LLV tanks as directed. Drive carefully, and watch those blind spots. Joe public's vehicle does not perform a vital function to the betterment of the whole, the LLV does. I love that vehicle, hated it at first, but fell in love with it after a while. Of course you may have guessed, I am a retired letter carrier, twenty five years of it. God help all you guys out there that must work under such a load, I hated the "DPS" system of mail, reason for retiring.
-- Notforlong (Fsur439@aol.com), December 28, 1999.
Sorry - I couldn't resist that one.
As for the USPS I couldn't agree more. If it goes down then we are in serious merde.
If you haven't seen it - check out the archives for our own BigDog's oustanding evaluation of their remediation efforts...
Bottom line - very similar to RC's oil prognostications...
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), December 28, 1999.
This is in pdf format so you will need acrobat to read it...
-- The Postman (email@example.com), December 28, 1999.
Neither rain nor snow nor y2k fright...
-- a (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 28, 1999.
---when I was a teenager in 67 we had one HUMONGOUS WHOPPER of a blizzard, EVERYTHING shutdown for two weeks, no NUTHIN was travelling except for the very few snowmobiles in existence at the time. NO us postal service. Started Survivalism bigtime then, running out of heating oiul and firewood, getting chow dropped by helos is a sobering experience. Than ALL that snow melted later on in March during a feak heat wave, and we flooded, had to move to second story. sheesh, early headsups on hard times! zoggus
-- zog (email@example.com), December 28, 1999.