Keeping Mail Safe
In the tumultuous times in which we live, a terrorist threat can take many forms. In recent years, the possibility of a biological threat being introduced through the mail has become a grim reality. Terrorists can attempt to use letters or packages to spread infectious materials, which are introduced to the body through contact with the skin and/or inhalation. Yet, Nevadans are not defenseless against this threat; by taking some time to familiarize yourself with a few simple guidelines about how to recognize and deal with suspicious packages and letters you can significantly reduce your vulnerability to these possible attacks.
Warning Signs of Suspicious Letters:
- No return address
- Restrictive Markings, such as personal or private
- Sealed with tape
- Misspelled words/ awkward or improper use of language
- Addressed to title only with no name; such as Chief Executive Officer
- Incorrect title
- Poorly typed or written
Warning Signs of Suspicious Packages:
- Oily stains, discoloration, or crystallization visible on wrapper
- Strange odor
- Excessive taping
- Rigid or bulky
- Lopsided or uneven
If you receive a suspicious letter or package:
- Handle with care – don’t shake or bump.
- Isolate the package/letter immediately.
- Do not open, smell, touch or taste.
- Treat it as suspect – Call local law enforcement authorities immediately.