Suspicious Letter or Package
If you receive a suspicious letter or package:
- Do not open the package. If there is spilled powder, do
not try and clean it up and do not smell, touch or taste the materials.
- Do not shake or bump the package or letter.
- Isolate the package, placing it in a sealable plastic bag, if available.
- Calmly alert others in the immediate area and leave the area, closing
the door behind you.
- Wash hands and exposed skin vigorously with soap and flowing water
at least 20 seconds. Antibacterial soaps that do not require water are not effective
for removing anthrax.
- In Firestone, call Security (8-3221). They will notify Public Safety.
In the Branches, call Public Safety (8-1000) and Dottie Pearson (8-3215).
- Wait for Public Safety to respond. Do not leave the building unless
instructed by either Security or Public Safety.
- Public Safety will respond and will contact local, state and federal
authorities as appropriate.
General precautions for handling mail:
Face the package or mail away from you before opening it.
- Cover cuts or abrasions with bandages. If bandages are not sufficient,
gloves are an alternative. Be aware that it is possible to have an allergic
reaction to latex gloves. A better alternative is vinyl or nitrile gloves.
Avoid gloves that are lined with powder.
- Wash your hands with soap and water (not waterless antibacterial soap)
at least 20 seconds after opening the mail.