Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed Saturday, October 18, 2014, the 6th Annual ‘Shake Your Mailbox Day’ in Michigan.

The day is designated to get the public involved in proactive mailbox maintenance.

Record snow falls in recent winters have led to an increase in the number of mailboxes damaged by heavy snow thrown from passing plows.

Taking time to prepare your mailbox for winter now can prevent serious headaches later. If your mailbox moves when shaken, it could be knocked over by snow thrown off the road by a passing snowplow. Residents should prepare mailboxes for winter by tightening screws and ensuring the post and receptacle are secure enough to endure large amounts of thrown snow.

Although the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Calhoun County Road Department (CCRD) have policies in place regarding replacement of mailboxes that have clearly been hit by a snowplow, road agencies have never assumed responsibility for mailbox damage caused by standard snow removal operations.

To view our policy on mailboxes, click here.