Handling Suspicious Mail Guidelines

Recommendations of the FBI, U.S. Postal Service, and the Centers for Disease Control for identifying and handling suspicious mail and dealing with powder spills from letters and packages are listed below. Although any threatened use of a biological agent must be treated seriously, experience has demonstrated that most threats are likely to be hoaxes. Disease can be prevented after exposure to anthrax spores by early treatment with the appropriate antibiotics. Anthrax is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person.

1. How to Identify Suspicious Packages and Letters - Notify Security at x7777 if you receive a suspicious letter or package. Some characteristics of suspicious packages and letters include the following:

2. How to Handle Suspicious Unopened Letters or Packages
3. What to Do if Powder Spills Out of an Envelope
4. What to Do if a Room is Contaminated by Aerosolization - Anthrax or other biological agents can also be delivered in an aerosol form. In order to be effective it must be aerosolized into very small particles. This is difficult to do, and requires a great deal of technical skill and special equipment. The following steps should be taken if informed that an unknown substance has been released in this manner: