Emergency Management2600 LaFranier Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
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Keeping your mail safe
Keeping Mail Safe
In the tumultuous times in which we live, a terrorist threat can take many forms. In recent years, the possibility of a biological threat being introduced through the mail has become a grim reality. Terrorists can attempt to use letters or packages to spread infectious materials, which are introduced to the body through contact with the skin and/or inhalation. Yet, citizens are not defenseless against this threat; by taking some time to familiarize yourself with a few simple guidelines about how to recognize and deal with suspicious packages and letters you can significantly reduce your vulnerability to these possible attacks.
Warning Signs of Suspicious Letters:
No return address
Restrictive Markings, such as personal or private
Sealed with tape
Misspelled words/ awkward or improper use of language
Addressed to title only with no name; such as Chief Executive Officer
Poorly typed or written
Warning Signs of Suspicious Packages:
Oily stains, discoloration, or crystallization visible on wrapper
Rigid or bulky
Lopsided or uneven
If you receive a suspicious letter or package:
Handle with care – don’t shake or bump.
Isolate the package/letter immediately.
Do not open, smell, touch or taste.
Treat it as suspect –
If needed call local law enforcement authorities immediately.