U.S. Postal Service Signs National Response Plan
The United States Postal Service yesterday joined other federal agencies in signing the National Response Plan, as developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The National Response Plan establishes a standardized approach for all levels of government to work together, to protect citizens and manage homeland security incidents. All Federal departments and agencies that assist during a national incident will use this plan, whether from threats or acts of terrorism, major natural disasters, or man-made emergencies. “We support a unified approach to emergencies which could challenge our way of life,” said USPS Vice President, Emergency Preparedness Henry Pankey. The National Response Plan is the template used as the basis for the Postal Service’s Integrated Emergency Management Plan and Emergency Operations Plan, used to respond to all incidents affecting the Postal Service, including those involving biohazards in the mail. Under the National Response Plan the Postal Service will also work with other federal departments and agencies on procedures to provide resources — not immediately required for mail delivery — for response operations. Full Story