As these words were being written, the first effects of high winds and heavy rains associated with Hurricane Sandy are being felt throughout the Boston area. This massive storm, larger than the state of Texas, will have a disruptive effect on many business services, including package and parcel delivery.
Hurricane Sandy will cause delivery delays. All delivery services must make the health and safety of their personnel a top priority, and in these uncertain conditions, many major carriers are suspending operations for the duration of the storm. After the storm has passed, and we are able to see what condition the region is in, it will be possible to share information on how long that suspension will last.
More than 7,200 flights have already been cancelled. According to Post & Parcel, “The US Postal Service said yesterday that its transportation contractor FedEx was canceling transport to various locations on the East Coast on Monday – including Baltimore, Boston, Philadephia, Newark, New York, southern New England as well as locations further inland around the Washington DC area and Pennsylvania.”
In the event that a carrier can not deliver your package due to the storm, you can rest assured it will be stored securely within one of their facilities. FedEx, UPS and the Postal Service will resume delivery once they determine it is safe for their crews to make the attempt. In addition to the high water and snow, Hurricane Sandy may cause trees to fall, blocking roadways. There may also be damage to the road itself. As we’ve seen in the wake of Hurricane Irene, removing these trees and restoring roadways to drivable condition can take a while. We will do our best to keep you fully apprised of the situation going forward.
Customers are being urged to contact their shipment recipients to confirm that someone is on location to receive shipments, if at all possible.