The likelihood of receiving a life-threatening package is remote. Unfortunately, a small number of packages that can result in death, injury, and/or destruction of property have been discovered over the years.
If you have received suspicious mail or a package containing a bomb (explosive) or a radiological, biological, or chemical threat
- Stop. Do not handle the item.
- Do not open, smell, or taste the item.
- Leave the item at your office/workstation and leave the area immediately.
- Isolate the item immediately.
- Alert others in your immediate area.
- Do not activate the fire alarm.
- Call NIH Police (if on campus, at 911) or building security (if off campus) and Occupant Emergency Coordinator.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
What To Watch for
- No return address
- Restrictive markings
- Sealed with tape
- Misspelled words
- Poorly typed or written labels
- Unknown powder or suspicious substance
- Possibly mailed from a foreign country
- Excessive postage
- Oily stains, discolorations, or crystallization on wrapper
- Excessive tape
- Strange odor
- Incorrect title or addressed to title only
- Rigid or bulky
- Lopsided or uneven
- Protruding wires