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, or write to:

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

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

APWU Web News Article 148-2012

N.Y. Rep. Introduces Bill to Name Post Office After Hurricane Sandy Victim Lenny Montalto

12/05/2012 - A New York City congressman has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to name a Staten Island postal facility after Lenny Montalto, the APWU member who lost his life trying to save his home from flooding during Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012.

APWU Web News Article 146-2012

Help for Victims of Hurricane Sandy:

Thrift Savings Plan to Allow Financial Hardship Withdrawals

12/05/2012 - Postal and federal employees affected by Hurricane Sandy will find it easier to tap into retirement savings to help repair their homes, replace lost property, or to aid family members suffering from the massive storm, which devastated hundreds of communities in the northeast.  To assist Hurricane Sandy victims, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a tax-deferred retirement savings and investment plan for government workers, has announced temporary changes to its withdrawal rules.

APWU Web News Article 60-2008

APWU Health Plan Alters Benefits To Aid Midwest Flood Victims

06/30/2008 - The APWU Health Plan is offering proactive support to members of the plan who are being impacted by severe flooding in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The adjustments are for healthcare coverage from June 13 to July 9. 

“The Health Plan has relaxed precertification requirements for all types of medical and mental health care,” said William J. Kaczor Jr., the plan’s director. “For the designated period, the plan will make payments at the higher PPO rate to any provider of service, regardless of their network status.”

APWU Web News Article 55-2008

Postal Relief Fund Available to Flood Victims

06/19/2008 -

Hundreds of volunteers place sandbags along
the levee in Cedar Falls, IA, June 10, 2008.
(Photo: FEMA)

Postal employees whose property was damaged or destroyed due to recent flooding in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest are eligible to apply for grants from the Postal Employees Relief Fund, APWU President William Burrus has reminded union members. 

PERF provides financial assistance to postal employees and retirees who have suffered substantial losses as a result of natural disasters or home fires if they are not reimbursed by insurance or other grants. Supported and administered by the unions and the Postal Service, PERF is a tax-exempt charitable organization that is funded through donations from postal employees.