Biological Emergency

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    A biological emergency involves the release of a toxic substance via the mail, explosive device, ventilation system, food or water supply, or aerosol release.

    The most common form of biological agent is Anthrax which has a low mortality rate when properly treated.

     

    IF YOU HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE OR LETTER:

    • DO NOT panic.  Stay calm.

    • DO NOT shake or empty content (a sealed or contained substance is static).

    • DO NOT clean up content if spilled.

    • If you can, cover spilled contents with anything available.

    • Leave the room, close and lock the door

    • Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spread and remove contaminated clothing if applicable.

    • Limit you travel about to avoid cross contamination with other areas

    • Report incident to your supervisor, careful to convey all areas where you have been and advise them to shut down HVAC system

    SIGNS OF SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE OR LETTER:

    • Mail is unexpected or from someone you don't know

    • Return address does not match postmark

    • Common words misspelled

    • Leaking substance

    • Stains, dis-colorization, crystallization, odor

    • Wires or tinfoil protruding

    • No return address, lopsided or lumpy

    • Return address is unrecognizable or from a imaginary place