Thursday, April 24, 2014
     

BIOTERRORISM

How to Identify Suspicious Packages or Letters

  • Protruding wires or aluminum foil                                                                             
  • No return address
  • Misspelling of common words
  • Oily stains, discolorations or odor
  • Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
  • Excessive security material (string, tape)
  • Marked as "Personal" or "Confidential"
  • Shows a city or state in postmark that does not match return address
  • Excessive weight
  • Lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Incorrect titles
  • Title, no no name
  • Excessive postage
  • Visual distractions on package
  • Ticking sound.

HOW TO HANDLE AN OPENED ENVELOPE OR PACKAGE WITH POWDER

  • Do not panic!
  • Do not touch contents or try to clean up the powder.
  • Cover the spilled contents immediately with anything (clothing, paper, inverted trash can, etc) and do not remove the cover.
  • Leave the room or area
  • Close the door or secton off area to keep others away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water (bleach not necessary)
  • Report the incident
  • Remove clothing as soon as possible and place in plastic bag or sealed container. Give to Emergency Responders for proper handling.
  • Shower as soon as possible with soap and water, including shampooing of hair.
  • List all people in the room or area during the time since the suspicious lettter/ package arrived until it was recognized. Give the list to local public health authorities and police.

HOW TO HANDLE A SUSPICIOUS UNOPENED LETTER OR PACKAGE MARKED WITH A THREATENING MESSAGE

  • Do not panic!
  • Do not touch and/or open the letter or package.
  • Leave the room or area.
  • Close the door or section off the area to keep others away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water (bleach not necessary).
  • Report the incident.
  • List all people in the area during the time since the suspicious letter/package arrived. Give list to local public health  authorities and police.

HOW TO HANDLE A POTENTIAL ROOM CONTAMINATED BY AEROSOLIZATION OF A BIOLOGICAL AGENT

  • Do not panic!
  • Turn off local fans or ventilation units i the area.
  • Close the door or section off the area to keep others away.
  • Report the incident.
  • Shut down the air handling system in the building, if possible.
  • List all people in the room or area during the time of the potential aerosolization. Give the list to local public health authorities  and police.

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