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Disaster Manual: Suspicious Packages/Envelopes

A comprehensive collection of links to resources for disaster prevention, recovery, training, and outreach.

Suspicious Packages

Handling of Suspicious Packages or Envelopes

  • If a package or envelope appears suspicious, DO NOT OPEN IT!
  • Contact Campus Safety at Ext. 557-5000.
  • Do not shake or empty the contents of any suspicious package or envelope.
  • Do not carry the package or envelope, show it to others or allow others to examine it.
  • Put the package or envelope down on a stable surface; do not sniff, touch, taste, or look closely at it or at any contents that may have spilled.
  • Alert others in the area about the suspicious package or envelope. Leave the area, close any doors, and take actions to prevent others from entering the area. If possible, shut off the ventilation system.
  • Notify Campus Safety at Ext. 557-5000 and your supervisor.
  • If possible, create a list of persons who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized and a list of persons who also may have handled this package or letter. Give this list to Campus Safety and local law enforcement officials.