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iUTMB  •  Published Thursday, April 5, 2018, 9:37 AM

Safety Tip: See Something, Say Something

Safety Tip: See something, say something

In light of recent criminal events involving explosions of suspicious packages, University Police at UTMB want to remind our community that the likelihood of UTMB students, staff or faculty receiving a package, briefcase, suitcase. backpack or letter containing an explosive or other harmful contents is remote. However, it is important that everyone remains vigilant in taking precautions against any potential threats related to suspicious packages.

University Police and responding public safety agencies have response plans in place to deal with these types of threats. Here’s how you can help.

Be aware of the common characteristics of suspicious packages and letters:

  • Package or envelope with suspicious leaks, stains or powdered substances
  • Package that is rigid, bulky or has excessive tape/string
  • Poor handwriting, misspellings and/or improper address
  • Excessive postage, no postage or no/strange return address
  • Ticking, vibration, abnormal sounds or strange odors
  • Generic addressee, personal or confidential markings
  • Package or envelope is unexpected and comes from someone unfamiliar to the recipient
  • Package or envelope left in an area where mail/packages not usually delivered 

If you receive a suspicious package or envelope with any of the above characteristics—or which causes you concern for another reason—at home or at work, take the following precautions: 

  • Do not panic.
  • Do not try to open it.
  • Isolate the package or envelope. An envelope can be placed in a plastic container and closed tightly. Do not carry the envelope or package into other areas since this could risk possible exposure to others. 
  • Do not shake or empty the contents of any suspicious package.
  • Evacuate the immediate area and close any doors leading into it.
  • Do not touch your face or eyes; wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible.
  • If you feel that you may have inhaled a dangerous substance, cough or blow your nose into a tissue to minimize your risk of continued(?) exposure.
  • If possible, turn off local fans or ventilation units in the area. If you’re at home, turn off your air-conditioning/heating system entirely. If needed, UTMB may shut down an entire building’s ventilation system in the event of a suspicious package.
  • If possible, list all the people who were in the room or area.  This will be useful for both local public health authorities for medical follow-up, and law enforcement officials for further investigation. 

*If you receive suspicious mail at your workplace and you are located on any of our three campuses, contact University Police at (409) 772-1111. 

*If you receive a suspicious package at home or an off-campus location, call 911 to report it.

For more information, please visit www.utmb.edu/police/SuspiciousMail.asp.