Suspicious Packages and Mail
- If you have opened a package containing a threat, powder, or unknown substance or have handled an unopened package with a substance spilling out of or bleeding through:
- Place it down gently at the location where you opened or touched it. Try to keep the substance from becoming airborne.
- Do not move the package from its current location.
- If powder spills from container DO NOT attempt to clean up.
- Leave the room and close the windows and doors behind you. Move to an area that will minimize exposing others.
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Contact the University Police Department immediately at (352) 392-1111. Off-campus locations dial 911 .
- Do not allow others to enter the area.
- Remain calm. Exposure does not mean that you will become sick. Emergency responders and Public Health officials will provide specific information and instructions.
- Depending on your situation, responding emergency personnel may ask you to shower and change clothes. It is important to place contaminated clothing in a sealable plastic bag for analysis and evidence.
If the suspicious package is unopened with no leakage, spillage or bleeding:
- Stop. Do not handle.
- Isolate it immediately.
- Do not open, smell or taste.
- Contact the University Police Department immediately at (352) 392-1111. Off-campus locations dial 911.
- No return address.
- Restrictive markings.
- Sealed with tape.
- Misspelled words. Badly typed or written.
- Unknown powder or suspicious substance.
- Possibly mailed from a foreign country. Excessive postage.
- Oily stains, discolorations, crystallization on wrapper.
- Excessive tape.
- Strange odor.
- Incorrect title or addressed to title only.
- Rigid or bulky.
- Lopsided or uneven.
- Protruding wires.
Source: University of Florida Police Department and UF Environmental Health & Safety
Version Date: 06/07/2012