Suspicious package

Suspicious Letter or Package

If you receive a suspicious letter or package:

  • Do NOT handle
  • Don't shake or bump
  • Isolate immediately
  • Don't open, smell, or taste
  • Treat it as suspect!!
  • Call 911 (9-911 from campus phone)

Common Features of Suspicious Packages:

  • Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you
  • Have no return address or a return address that can't be verified as legitimate
  • Are marked with restrictive endorsements such as "Personal," "Confidential," or "Do not X-ray"
  • Have protruding wires or aluminum foil, strange odors or stains
  • Show a city or state in the postmark that doesn't match the return address
  • Are of unusual weight given their size or are lopsided or oddly shaped
  • Are marked with threatening language
  • Have inappropriate or unusual labeling
  • Have excessive postage or packaging material, such as masking tape and string
  • Have misspellings of common words
  • Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated
  • Have incorrect titles or titles without a name
  • Are not addressed to a specific person
  • Have handwritten or poorly typed addresses

If a package or letter is open and/or a threat is identified:

For a bomb:

  • Evacuate immediately
  • Call 911 (9-911 from campus phone)

For Radiological

  • Shield yourself from the object
  • Limit exposure - don't handle
  • Evacuate area and call 911 (9-911 from campus phone)

For Biological or Chemical

  • Isolate — don't handle
  • Call 911 (9-911 from campus phone)
  • Wash your hands with soap and water

Suspicious Substance in a Campus Building

  • Clear and isolate the contaminated area. Do not touch or disturb anything.
  • Call University Police at (979) 845-2345 or 911 (9-911 from a campus phone)
  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Identify individuals who may have been exposed to the material
  • Do not leave premises until dismissed by authorities

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