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  • Suspicious Package or Mail

    If you receive or discover a suspicious package or mail:

    • Do not touch it, tamper with it, or move it!
    • Immediately call Public Safety (218.477.2449).
      • Do not use a cell phone within 300 feet of a suspicious package.

    What constitutes a suspicious letter or parcel?

    Some typical characteristics which ought to trigger suspicion include letters or parcel that:

    • Have any powdery substance on the outside.
    • Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
    • Have excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed address, incorrect titles or titles with no name, or misspellings of common words.
    • Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.
    • Have no return address or have one that can't be verified as legitimate.
    • Are of unusual weight, given their size, or are lopsided or oddly shaped.
    • Have an unusual amount of tape.
    • Are marked with restrictive endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Confidential."
    • Have strange odors or stains.

    What to do if you receive a suspicious package or parcel:

    • Remain calm.
    • Handle with care. Do not shake or bump.
    • Isolate it immediately. Seal in a plastic bag if possible or cover with any material.
    • Don't open, smell, touch, or taste.
    • Leave the room and close the door so others can't enter.
    • Treat it as suspect. Call Public Safety (218.477.2449).