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The 'Carrier Alert' Program Allows America's Letter Carriers to Help Their Elderly or Home-Bound Customers when Something May Be Amiss

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EVERYONE KNOWS HIS OR HER LOCAL LETTER-CARRIER--WHO DELIVERS LETTERS AND PACKAGES, SIX DAYS A WEEK.  AND, LETTER-CARRIERS REGULARLY CHECK ON THEIR ELDERLY OR HOME-BOUND CUSTOMERS--NOTICING SIGNS THAT SOMETHING MAY BE AMISS.  BUT, DID YOU KNOW THAT, IN ADDITION, THERE'S A FORMAL PROGRAM--CALLED "CARRIER ALERT"--THAT WAS LAUNCHED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS AND THE U-S POSTAL SERVICE? THE N-A-L-C'S PAM DONATO DISCUSSES HOW THIS FREE, COOPERATIVE COMMUNITY-SERVICE PROGRAM WORKS...

(DONATO):
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AS ONE OF THE FEW POINTS OF HUMAN-CONTACT FOR MANY ELDERLY OR HOME-BOUND PATRONS, LETTER-CARRIERS ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IN NOTICING SIGNS THAT COULD INDICATE AN ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS--SUCH AS MAIL THAT HAS BEGUN TO PILE UP.  THAT'S WHY LETTER-CARRIERS, THROUGHOUT THE NATION, SERVE THE PUBLIC BY PARTNERING WITH THE 'UNITED WAY', THE 'POSTAL SERVICE', AND LOCAL LAW-ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, TO PROVIDE THE 'CARRIER ALERT'-PROGRAM.  WHEN A CARRIER NOTES SOMETHING UNUSUAL CONCERNING A PATRON WHO'S REGISTERED WITH 'CARRIER ALERT', HE OR SHE REPORTS IT TO A POSTAL SUPERVISOR OR OTHER DESIGNATED INDIVIDUAL--WHO, IN TURN, CONTACTS THE SPONSORING LOCAL AGENCY.  THAT AGENCY MIGHT BE THE LOCAL 'UNITED WAY'-ORGANIZATION, 'AMERICAN RED CROSS'-CHAPTER, OR 'AREA AGENCY ON AGING'.  THE SPONSORING AGENCY THEN CHECKS ON THE PERSON--AND, IF SOMETHING'S WRONG, WILL CONTACT FAMILY, POLICE, OR EMERGENCY-SERVICES, AS APPROPRIATE.  IF YOU HAVE ELDERLY OR HOME-BOUND FAMILY-MEMBERS OR RELATIVES, PLEASE ENCOURAGE THEM TO SIGN UP FOR THE 'CARRIER ALERT'-PROGRAM.  REMEMBER, THE PROGRAM IS COMPLETELY FREE."

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TO FIND OUT IF THERE'S A "CARRIER ALERT"-PROGRAM OPERATING IN YOUR AREA, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL N-A-L-C BRANCH-OFFICE--OR YOUR LOCAL POST-OFFICE.



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