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Suspicious Letter/Package

The likelihood of receiving a suspicious letter or package containing a suspicious substance is remote. But you should be aware of the characteristics that are common to suspicious letters or packages. Some characteristics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Unexpected letter or package.
  • Excessive postage.
  • Handwritten or poorly typed addresses.
  • Oily stains, powders, discolorations, or odors.
  • No return address.
  • Excessive weight, lopsided, or uneven envelop or package.
  • Ticking sound.
  • City or state in postmark does not match the return address.
  • Leaking substances.
  • Written threats on the outside of the letter or package or attached to them.
  • Unusual amounts of tape attached to the letter or package.

After notifying GSU Public Safety at 912-478-5234, do the following:

  • Leave the letter or package where it is. Do not take the letter or package to others to examine.
  • Keep others out of the area. Close the area off if possible. Close doors and windows gently. Stay near the area until police and emergency units arrive.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or any part of your face.
  • Do not touch other people or objects. Do not let others touch you.
  • Wash your hands and arms from the elbows down with soap and hot water. Do not use bleach or disinfectants on your skin.
  • Do not shake or disturb the contents of the letter or package.
  • Do not attempt to smell or closely examine the letter or package.
  • Do not attempt to clean up or cover anything that might have spilled from the letter or package.

If you handle or open mail as a part of your regular routine, your best precaution is to wash your hands with soap and hot water frequently, especially after handling mail. If you feel that you need to take extra precautions, you may choose to keep a mask and latex gloves at your desk; however, your best protection is regular hand washing.

When opening mail, avoid excessive motion including excessive shaking or tearing of packages or envelopes.

Last updated: 11/20/2013