How to Recognize Suspicious Letters and Parcels
or uneven envelope||Markings
such as "personal", "confidential"|
wires or tinfoil ||Excessive
titles||Handwritten/poorly typed addresses|
but no names||Rigid
tape, string, wrapping, etc.|
|Misspelling of common words||Noticeable
noises (humming, ticking, etc.)|
mail, air mail, special delivery|
Letters and Parcels Procedures
||Remain calm. DO NOT TOUCH the suspicious letter
||Note specifics of the letter or package, including
||Dial 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY to report the suspicious
parcel to law enforcement.
|DO NOT TAKE THE LETTER OR PARCEL
TO A FIRE STATION OR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT!
These are essential public safety facilities that
will be unable to provide services to the community
if contamination is suspected. Emergency services
will respond to your home or business to inspect the
letter or parcel.
||DO NOT ALLOW
family members, neighbors, or co-workers to approach
or handle the package. Public safety officials offer
the best "second opinion".|
Chemical and/or Biological Threat Procedures
||Do not panic; remain calm.
||Dial 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.
||STAY WHERE YOU ARE. Tell people to
stay away from you and the contaminated area.
||Isolate the affected area. Close all doors, windows,
and secure the immediate area.
|| You may seal
the suspect envelope or parcel in a large plastic
ziplock bag if available. Do not handle the object
unnecessarily in order to seek out a large enough
bag; if none is close by, it is better to leave the
object undisturbed than to move it around.
||Everyone who contacted the package directly must remain
isolated until the fire department, law enforcement
or other competent authority determine the level of
||All who have NOT been exposed to the biological/chemical
contaminant or its packaging should evacuate the building
and wait nearby.
||Upon evaluation of the threat situation, affected
citizens will be notified of further actions that
could be necessary.
||Be patient. The threat assessment process is time
consuming as the safety of all involved citizens and
public safety personnel is essential.|