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Natural Disaster Relief

The Postal Employees Relief Fund (PERF) provides financial assistance for APWU members as well as other postal employees and retirees whose homes and property have been substantially damaged by natural disasters and home fires if the employees are not reimbursed by insurance or grants.

Supported and administered by all employee unions and the Postal Service, PERF is a tax-exempt charitable organization that is funded through donations from federal employees.

APWU encourages its members to support PERF by making charitable contributions to the fund through the Combined Federal Campaign, the government's annual workplace charity drive. (Use designation #10268.) Each postal district is allotted a six-week period annually between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 to solicit contributions. (Please contact your USPS District to find out when your CFC campaign will take place.)

New PERF brochures, posters and DVD’s are available to APWU local and state organizations to distribute during their district's Combined Federal Campaign season. These items can be obtained in limited quantities at no charge while supplies last, through the APWU Human Relations Department. (202-842-4271) Allow two weeks for delivery.

Since its establishment in 1990, PERF has provided more than 3,000 grants totaling nearly $15 million to active and retired postal employees impacted by hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and home fires.

To learn more about eligibility for assistance or to obtain an application, please visit www.postalrelief.com, or write to:

Postal Employees Relief Fund
P.O. Box 34500 
Washington, DC 20043-4500 
202-408-1869

APWU members who need assistance with PERF should contact the union's Human Relations Department. Please note that inquiries regarding the status of your application or relief grant must be addressed directly to PERF.

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, can also be a valuable source of information and assistance for people coping with the effects of natural disasters.

News: Natural Disaster Relief

Saving the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund

Visit PostalRelief.com or use the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Charity Code 10268

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

Your donations are needed to sustain the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). PERF is a nonprofit charitable organization.

When disaster strikes and all is lost, PERF provides tax-free relief grants to postal employees and retirees to help them reestablish a home and replace necessities. PERF has provided more than $19 million in assistance to postal families during its 28-year history, but meeting its mission has become increasingly difficult over the last decade.

The Long Road Home

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

For many survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria the road home will not be easy. Torrential rains, powerful wind gusts of up to 175 mph and storm surges reaching 12.5 feet caused widespread flooding and destruction throughout much of the south and the Caribbean – impacting millions, including more than 100,000 postal employees and an untold number of retirees.

Postal Workers Recover from Hurricanes

Union Family Comes Together to Assist Affected Members

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

In less than a month, three catastrophic hurricanes made landfall slamming the south (especially Texas and Florida) as well as the U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The storms left devastation and destruction in their wakes. Hundreds of thousands of homes – including hundreds be- longing to APWU members – were significantly damaged or completely destroyed by wide-spread flooding, hurricane-force winds or mold afterward.

APWU Web News Article 102-2017

Wildfires Continue to Burn in California

10/27/2017 - On Oct. 8, wildfires ignited in northern California, setting in motion state-wide disaster relief. Over 11,000 firefighter and other emergency workers were mobilized across the state to contain the flames.

These wildfires are predicted to be one of the worst disasters in the state’s history. More than 75,000 people have been evacuated. At least 42 people are dead, with another 60 missing. More than 217,000 acres have been engulfed in the fires.

Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have been tirelessly fighting the flames.

APWU Web News Article 81-2017

Solidarity and Support to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

08/29/2017 - Our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, especially our fellow APWU members.

In solidarity, all APWU members are encouraged to continue to donate to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). PERF provides relief grants to assist qualifying active and retired postal employees impacted by natural disasters, to help re-establish residence and replenish necessities in the aftermath of a devastating loss. 

APWU Web News Article 118-2015

Assistance for Union Plus Program Participants Impacted by Texas and Oklahoma Storms

06/05/2015 - Union members living in areas impacted by the recent severe storms and widespread flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, and who participate in Union Plus programs may be eligible for financial assistance.  More than 20 people were killed as a result of the storms and in the Houston area alone more than 4,000 properties were damaged and 2,500 vehicles were abandoned.

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