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Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Suspicious Packages or Substances


Discovery of Suspicious Packages or Substances

Individuals who discover suspicious packages, powders or liquids should take the following steps:

  • Do not shake or empty the contents of a suspicious package or envelope.
  • Do not carry a package or envelope.
  • Do not show a suspicious substance or package to others, or allow others to examine them.
  • Do not sniff, touch, taste, or look closely at the package or suspicious substance.
  • Put the package or envelope on a stable surface.
  • Wash hands with soap and water to prevent spreading potentially infectious material to face or skin.
  • Alert others in the area about the suspicious package or envelope.  Leave the area, close any doors, and take actions to prevent others from entering the area.
  • Call ECU Police at 911 and describe the situation.
  • Isolate, in a safe area, individuals who may have been exposed until they are cleared to leave by law enforcement, public health, or emergency response personnel.
  • Create a list of persons who may have been exposed to the substance.