What to do if you receive a suspicious envelope or package
Although the City of Minneapolis has received no specific threats, the City’s security staff reminds you that government buildings and employees can be targeted by individuals intent upon harm. That’s why they want all City staff to be aware of what to do if you receive a suspicious-looking envelope or package.
Some warning signs
Although there is no foolproof indication that an item could contain explosives or bio/chemical agents, these are signs that should raise concern:
- Excessive postage and/or postmarks or stamps that do not match the sender’s address.
- Handwritten or poorly typed addresses.
- Incorrect titles or titles without names.
- Spelling errors in common words.
- Lumpy or uneven envelopes, oily stains, discolorations or odors.
- Absence of a sender address.
- Exposed pieces of cable or aluminum foil.
- Excessive use of packaging materials such as adhesive tape, rubber bands, string, etc.
What to do
If you receive a suspicious letter or package, you should:
- Handle the package with care: do not shake or bump it.
- Isolate the package and ensure employees remain a safe distance away.
- Do not open, inspect or smell the package.
- Make a phone call to security personnel to notify them of the package and explain what makes the package appear suspicious. They will let you know whether the item warrants additional security measures, which could range from simply sealing up the package in a plastic bag to having trained personnel remove and detonate the package. Here are the numbers to call:
- City Hall: 612-348-5111
- Minneapolis Convention Center: 612-335-6040
- Water Treatment and Distribution: 612-661-4850
- All other facilities: 911
Published Oct. 24, 2012