Middlebury

Suspicious Packages & Envelopes or Substances

If you suspect a bomb:

  • Keep others away.
  • Do not touch package.
  • Call 911 or Public Safety at 443-5911 immediately.
  • See Bomb Threat information page.

If item is suspicious but threat is unknown:

  • Do not handle the item if possible.
  • Report the item to your supervisor.
  • Attempt to confirm the contents without opening.
  • Contact the addressee, if identified.
  • Contact the sender, if practical.
  • Contact the Department of Public Safety at 443-5911.
  • A public safety officer will determine if the police need to be contacted.

If you find an opened suspicious package:

  • Do not touch the package.
  • Report the package to your supervisor.
  • Secure the area and do not allow entry.
  • Call 911 or call the Department of Public Safety at x5911 and advise them of the package.
  • Any employee who had direct contact with package should wash her/his exposed skin with soap and water.
  • Wait for emergency responders to arrive and follow their directions.
  • Provide emergency responders information about who was in the area around the time the package was discovered.

Characteristics of suspicious packages and envelopes:

  • Have a powdery substance on the outside.
  • Are unexpected or are from someone unfamiliar to you.
  • Have excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed addresses, incorrect titles with names, or misspellings of common words.
  • Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or the addresses are outdated.
  • Have no return address or an address that cannot be verified as legitimate.
  • Addresses not consistent with postmarks.
  • Are of unusual weight, given their size, or are lopsided or oddly shaped.
  • Have an unusual amount of tape, string, or other wrapping material on them.
  • Are marked with restrictive endorsements, such as “Fragile” or “Personal” and “Confidential” or “Rush-Do-Not-Delay.”
  • Have strange odors or stains.
  • Appear to contain electrical wire or tin foil.