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DoDEA OSS: Safety and Security Tips: Letter and Package Bomb Indicators

Letter and Package Bomb Indicators

REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS LETTERS OR PACKAGES TO THE AUTHORITIES IMMEDIATELY TAMPERING OR OPENING A SUSPECT LETTER OR PACKAGE SHOULD BE LEFT TO EXPLOSIVE DISPOSAL EXPERTS.

  • Leave the letter or package alone.
  • Don't place inside a safe or other drawer and don't place in water
  • Leave room windows open to vent a possible detonation.
  • Leave the room, evacuate the area, and wait for a bomb disposal team

THE FOLLOWING MAY BE INDICATORS OF A LETTER OR PACKAGE BOMB:

  • No return address or incorrect Title.
  • Addressed to title, like Commanding General, but no name
  • Misspelling of common words or address.
  • Restrictive markings such as - "confidential" - or- "personal for".
  • Excessive postage.
  • Stains or strange odor.
  • Size is abnormal or unusual or parcel is unduly wrapped or sealed.
  • Wires, metal foil, or strings protruding.
  • Unusually heavy or unbalanced.
  • Lopsided or uneven envelope.
  • Very rigid envelope.
  • Springiness in the top, bottom or sides.

Sources for Additional Information

The U.S. Department of State operates a 24 hour per day information center. Travel advisories for countries and areas can be obtained from the center, and travelers can report emergencies involving U.S. citizens. Information concerning marriages overseas, citizenship questions, and judicial services can also be obtained. The telephone number is (202) 647-5225.

Most U.S. military transportation offices maintain travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State through Department of Defense channels.

Pamphlets and publications can provide valuable information concerning general security issues and crime prevention tips; but they should not be used as a sole source of such information. The most current and specific information can and should be obtained from Law Enforcement Officials, Security Officers, and/or U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officers in the area in which you live or are planning to travel.

Be Smart | Be Alert | Be Aware