Suspicious Package Protocol at Penn

It is important to be alert for suspicious packages, but keep in mind that a letter or package containing a mail bomb or biological or chemical threat is an extremely rare occurrence. While the risk of receiving an explosive device or contracting any disease from the mail is extremely low, it is important that we remain vigilant in taking precautions against this potential threat.

IMPORTANT:

  • Do not panic.

  • Do not walk around with the letter or shake it.

  • Do not merely discard the letter.

  • Do not open, smell, or taste the powder.

  • Each year the U.S. Postal Service processes approximately 200 billion pieces of mail. Of those billions of pieces of mail, only a very limited number of letters or packages actually contain an explosive or biological or chemical hazard.

IDENTIFYING A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

  • Suspicious Mail
    • No return address
    • Excessive Postage
    • Misspelled Words
    • Protruding Wires
    • Strange Odor
    • Oily Stains, Discoloration on Wrapper
    • Excessive Tape or String

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE PROTOCOL AT PENN