If you or someone around you comes in contact with a suspicious package or device:
- DO NOT TOUCH THE PACKAGE OR DEVICE.
- CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
- Evacuate the area. DO NOT INITIATE OR ACTIVATE THE FIRE ALARM SYSTEM. Verbally notify all occupants to leave the area.
Common features of suspicious packages or letters:
- There may be liquid leaking from the package.
- They tend to have hand-applied postage.
- They have excessive postage.
- They are addressed to a position, but not a person.
- There may be no return address.
- They are often hand written or have a poorly typed address.
- They tend not to be in business format envelopes.
- There may be misspelling of common words.
- They may have restrictive markings such as Confidential, Personal, etc.
- They may have excessive weight and/or the feel of a powdery or foreign substance.
- The source of the letter/package is not recognized by the recipient/addressee.
You should NOT do the following:
- Pass the letter or package to others to look at.
- Distribute any contents in the letter or package. Handling the letter/package may only spread the substance contained inside and increase the chances of it getting into the air.
- Ignore the threat; it must be treated as real until properly evaluated.
- Leave the building until instructed to do so.