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Suspicious Package

What to look for:

  • Excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc
  • Excessive weight
  • Foreign mail, air mail and special delivery
  • Handwritten or poorly-typed addresses
  • Incorrect titles
  • Insufficient or excessive postage
  • Lopsided, rigid or uneven envelope
  • Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as “Personal” or “Confidential”
  • Misspellings of common words
  • No return address
  • Oily stains, discolorations or odor
  • Protruding wires or aluminum foil
  • Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address
  • Ticking sound
  • Title, but no name
  • Visual distractions
  • Wrapped in brown paper with twine

If determined that the package is suspicious:

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Do not shake or empty the contents of any suspicious envelope or package.
  • LEAVE the room and CLOSE the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering.
  • DO NOT WASH your hands with soap and water until instructed by law enforcement.
  • What to do next:
  • Notify the Dean on Call at 309-337-5713.
  • LIST all people who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized. Give this list to both the local public health authorities and law enforcement officials for follow-up investigations and advice.
  • Keep all individuals that were exposed to the area in one location until law enforcement officials arrive.

Package Marked With Threatening Message Such As “Anthrax”:

  • Do Not Panic

Anthrax organisms can cause infection in the skin, gastrointestinal system, or the lungs. To do so, the organism must be rubbed into abraded skin, swallowed, or inhaled as a fine, aerosolized mist. If these small particles are inhaled, life-threatening lung infection can occur, but prompt recognition and treatment are effective. Disease can be prevented after exposure to the anthrax spores by early treatment with the appropriate antibiotics. Anthrax is not spread from one person to another person.

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