How to Recognize and Handle a Suspicious Package or Envelope
Inappropriate or unusual labeling
Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
Misspellings of common words
Strange return address or no return address
Incorrect titles or titles without a name
Not addressed to a specific person
Marked with restrictions, such as “Personal,” “Confidential,” or “Do not x-ray”
Marked with any threatening language
Postmarked from a city or state that does not match the return address
Powdery substance felt through or appearing on the package or envelope
Oily stains, discolorations, or odor
Lopsided or uneven envelope
Excessive packaging material such as masking tape, string, etc.
Other suspicious signs
Protruding wires or aluminum foil
Handling suspicious packages or Envelopes
Do not shake or empty the contents of any suspicious package or envelope
Do not carry the package or envelope, show it to others or allow others to examine it.
Put the package or envelope down on a stable surface; do not sniff, touch, taste, or look closely at it or at any contents which may have spilled.
Alert others in the area about the suspicious package or envelope. Leave the area, close any doors, and take actions to prevent others from entering the area. If possible, shut off the ventilation system.
Wash hands with soap and water to prevent spreading potentially infectious material to face or skin.
Notify a supervisor, and DPS
If possible create a list of persons who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized and a list of persons who also may have handled this package or letter.