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Suspicious Mail Emergency Procedures

Adapted from the United States Post Office
Download a mail security poster from the USPS.

If you receive a suspicious letter of package
  • Handle with care. Don’t shake or bump.
  • Isolate it immediately.
  • Don’t open, smell, touch, or taste.
  • Treat it as suspect. Call Public Safety at 7-2222.
Watch for
  • No return address
  • Restrictive markings
  • Sealed with tape
  • Misspelled words
  • Addressed to title only
  • Incorrect title
  • Badly typed or written
  • Oily stains, discolorations, or crystallization on wrapper
  • Strange odor
  • Excessive tape
  • Rigid or bulky
  • Lopsided or uneven
If you suspect the mail may contain
  • A Bomb
    • Evacuate immediately.
    • Call Public Safety at 7-2222.
    • Person in charge should contact Postal Inspectors.
  • A Radiological threat
    • Limit exposure — don’t handle.
    • Evacuate area.
    • Shield yourself from object.
    • Call Public Safety at 7-2222.
    • Person in charge should contact Postal Inspectors.
  • A Biological or Chemical threat
    • Isolate — don’t handle.
    • Evacuate immediate area.
    • Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
    • Call Public Safety at 7-2222.
    • Person in charge should contact Postal Inspectors.