Public Safety Advisory Concerning Anthrax or Other Biological Agents

Recently there has been growing concern over the threat of biological terrorism in the United States. However, the Department of Health and the U.S. Postal Service have issued safety alerts and we feel that it is prudent to share their recommendations with the College community.

The U.S. Postal Service suggests that individuals should watch for mail/parcels that:

What should I do if I've received a suspicious parcel in the mail?

Other Safety Measures:

  1. If you receive an envelope that appears to be empty:
    • Place the envelope in plastic bag.
    • Do not pass the envelope to others for inspection.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 6320 and notify your supervisor.
  2. If you receive an envelope containing powder, and the powder spills out onto surface:
    • Do not clean up the powder. Keep others away.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Do not try to brush the powder off of your clothes.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 6320 and notify your supervisor.
    • If possible, shut down any fans or air ventilation systems.
    • Leave the room and close the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering (i.e., keep others away).
    • Remove clothing and place in a plastic bag as soon as possible.
    • Shower with soap and water as soon as possible. Do not use bleach or other disinfectants.
    • Put on fresh clothing.
    • Make a list of all people who had contact with the powder and give list to Public Safety.
  3. Package marked with threatening message such as "ANTHRAX":
    • Do not open it.
    • Leave it and evacuate the room.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 6320 and notify your supervisor.
    • Do not allow others into the area.
  4. Aerosolization, small explosion, or letter stating "Anthrax in Heating System":
    • Leave the room immediately.
    • Secure the entry way.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 6320 and notify your supervisor.
    • Do not allow others into the area.
    • If possible, shut down any fans or air ventilation systems.
    • Remain on the premises until Public Safety arrives.
    • Make a list of all people who were in the area at the time and give it to Public Safety.
  5. A threat by telephone:
    • Do not argue with or antagonize the caller.
    • Listen carefully so that you can recall the details later. Listen for background noises.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 6320 and notify your supervisor.

Facts about Anthrax:

If you have any non-emergency questions related to this Safety Advisory, please feel free to call Public Safety at ext. 6320.

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