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If you receive a letter or package that is suspicious, there are some precautions that you can take to keep yourself and others as safe as possible.
 
Click on the links below to go to a particular topic.
    Suspicious letter or package characteristics
    Suspicious mail procedures
    Receiving office mail and packages
    Additional information and links
 
Suspicious letter or package characteristics
 Unexpected letter or package.
 Excessive postage
 Excessive weight
 Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
 Misspellings of common words
 Incorrect titles
 Title, but no name
 Oily stains, powder, discolorations, or odors
 No return address
 Excessive weight, lopsided, or uneven envelope or package
 Ticking sound
 City or state in the postmark does not match return address
 Leaking substances
 Written threats on the outside of the letter or package, or attached to them
 Unusual amounts of tape attached to the letter or package
 
Suspicious Mail Procedures
 Step 1: Assess the situation to confirm report of suspicious mail . Do not touch the suspicious piece of mail any further.
         Do not shake or disturb the contents of the letter or package.
         Do not attempt to smell or closely examine the letter or package.
 Step 2: If suspicious letter or package is confirmed:
    DO NOT PANIC and DO NOT OPEN IT.
    If you have opened the package, DO NOT PANIC. Remain calm.
         Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or any part of your face.
         Do not touch other people or objects, and do not let others touch you.
         Wash your hands and arms from the elbows down with soap and hot water. (Do not use bleach or disinfectants on your skin.)
 Step 3: Leave the letter or package where it is. Do not take the letter or package to others to examine. DO NOT attempt to CLEAN UP anything that might have     spilled from a package. COVER the spilled contents immediately with anything (e.g., clothing, paper, trash can, etc.) and do not remove this cover.
 Step 4: Evacuate people in the immediate area and close off the area if possible. Keep others out of the area. Close any doors or windows gently. Turn of air     conditioning/handling equipment if possible.
 Step 5: Call University Police Department at 742-3931 or 9-911 for emergency. The University Police Department will respond and also notify other appropriate     emergency services.
 Step 6: Make certain all personnel evacuated from the immediate area stay together until the police arrive.
 Step 7: Make a list of all individuals who were in the immediate area at the time and give it to the police.
 Step 8: Identify to police the individual who reported suspicious mail and what suspicious characteristics the letter or package included. Remain on the scene to     assist with investigation.
 
Receiving office mail and packages
If you handle or open mail as a part of your regular routine, your best precaution is to wash your hands with soap and water frequently, especially after handling mail. If you feel that you need to take extra precautions, you may choose to keep a dust mask and latex gloves at your desk; however, your best protection is regular hand washing.

When opening mail, avoid excessive motion including excessive shaking or tearing of packages or envelopes.
 
United States Postal Service (USPS)
 Suspicious Mail Alert Poster
 Suspicious Mail Information 10/17/01
 Suspicious Mail Information 10/19/01

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
 Educational Video for People Who Process Sort, and Deliver Mail
 Anthrax and the Mail Q & A
 How to Recognize and Handle a Suspicious Package or Envelope

Other
 FBI Advisory Poster for Handling Suspicious Mail
 OSHA Recommendations for Handling Mail
 Decontamination Advisory: Clean Up of Suspicious Powder/Substance (Anthrax Concern) (New York State Department of Health, October 18, 2001)
 Greater New York Hospital Association Anthrax Information

TTU Department Resources
 MailTech (742-2286)
 TTU Police Department
        Emergency 9-911
        Non-emergency 742-3931
 Environmental Health and Safety (742-3876)

For additional Information contact ion contact Cliff Harris (742-3876)
 
 
   
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