Suspicious Package

Call Public Safety:x3333

If you are suspicious of a mailing and are unable to verify the contents from the envelope or sender:

  • DO NOT OPEN.
  • Call Public Safety at x3333.
  • Do not shake or empty the contents.
  • Do not carry the package or envelope to show others or allow others to examine it.
  • Put the package or envelope down on a stable surface; do not sniff, touch, taste or look closely at it or at any contents which may have spilled.
  • Alert others in the area about the suspicious package or envelope. Leave the area, close any doors, and take actions to prevent others from entering the area. If possible, shut off the ventilation system.
  • WASH hands with soap and water to prevent spreading potentially infectious material to face or skin.
  • If possible, create a list of persons who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized, and a list of persons who also may have handled it.

Identifying Suspicious Packages and Envelopes

Some characteristics of suspicious packages and envelopes include the following:

  • Inappropriate or unusual labeling
  • Excessive postage
  • Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Strange return address or no return address
  • Incorrect titles or title without a name
  • Not addressed to a specific person
  • Marked with restrictions such as “Personal,” “Confidential,” or “Do not x-ray”
  • Appearance
  • Powdery substance felt through or appearing on the package or envelope
  • Oily stains, discolorations, or odor
  • Lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Excessive packaging material such as masking tape, string, etc.
  • Other suspicious signs
  • Excessive weight
  • Ticking sound
  • Protruding wires or aluminum foil

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