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What to do about suspicious, unopened packages or letters:

  1. Do not shake or empty the contents of any suspicious envelope or package.
  2. Place the envelope or package in a plastic bag or some other type of container, to prevent leakage of the contents
  3. If you do not have any container available, then COVER the envelope or package with anything (clothing, paper, trash can, etc.) and do not remove this cover.
  4. Leave the room and CLOSE the door, or SECTION OFF THE AREA to prevent others from entering, Keep other people away from it!
  5. WASH your hands with soap and hot water to prevent spreading any powder to your face.
  6. If you are at HOME, call the local police.
  7. If you are at WORK, call the local police and notify your building security official and your immediate supervisor.
  8. LIST all the people who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized.  Give this list to both the local public health authorities and law enforcement officials for follow up investigations and advise.
  9. Write an INCIDENT REPORT detailing everything!

Envelope with powder, and powder spills onto the surface:

  1. DO NOT try to CLEAN UP the powder.  COVER the spilled contents immediately with anything (clothing, paper, trash can etc.) and do not remove this cover!
  2. Then LEAVE the room and CLOSE the door, or SECTION OFF the area to prevent others from entering.  Keep other people away from it!
  3. WASH your hands with soap and hot water to prevent spreading any powder to your face.
  4. If you are at HOME, call the local police
  5. If you are at WORK, call the local police and notify your building security official and your immediate supervisor.
  6. REMOVE contaminated clothing as soon as possible and place in a plastic bag or some other container that can be sealed.  This clothing bag should be given to the emergency responders for proper handling.
  7. SHOWER with soap and hot water as soon as possible.  Do not use bleach or other disinfectant on your skin.
  8. If possible, LIST all people who were in the room or area, especially those who had actual contact with the powder. Give this list to both the local public health authorities so that proper instructions can be given for medical follow up, and to law enforcement officials for further investigation.
  9. Write an INCIDENT REPORT detailing everything!

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