Suspicious Packages / Bomb Threat

Suspicious Mail

If you receive suspicious mail or discover an object that appears suspicious due to the presence of a powder or other substance:

Use the following examples listed to evaluate parcels that seem unusual. Do not touch the parcel and deny access to everyone except emergency responders.

  • Unexpected international mail, air mail, and special deliveries.
  • Restrictive markings such as “confidential” or “personal.”
  • Excessive postage.
  • Handwritten or poorly typed address.
  • Incorrect titles.
  • Misspellings of common words.
  • Oily stains or discolorations on package, etc.
  • Excessive weight, rigid, lopsided, or uneven envelopes.
  • Protruding wires or tinfoil.
  • Excessive tape or string.
  • Visual distractions on the package.
  • No return address.

If mail appears suspicious, DO THE FOLLOWING

  • Call University Police at (360) 650-3911. If you are off campus, call 911.
  • Do not move or touch the parcel or object.
  • Do not pass the parcel or object to others. Deny access to everyone except emergency responders.
  • Turn off any fans, window air conditioners and/or small area heaters.
  • Isolate the room area. Evacuate the adjoining areas.
  • The individual who opened the parcel and anyone else who has come into contact with the parcel should remain isolated in an area adjacent to the original location, and wait for additional instructions from responding emergency personnel.
  • The individuals who have had contact with the parcel should wash their face and hands with soap and water.
  • Create a list of persons in the room where the package was received.

Bomb Threat

University Police carefully evaluate all bomb threats and provide the campus with information and specific instructions on how to respond.

Anyone receiving telephoned bomb threats should ask the caller for the exact location where the bomb has been planted or is going to be planted.

Attempt to get as much information as possible about the caller (gender, accent, etc.). Listen for background noise which may indicate the location of the caller.

  1. Complete the bomb threat checklist as soon as possible after receiving a bomb threat call.
    The bomb threat checklist is available on the print copy of Emergency Response Guide, within the Suspicious Mail/Bomb Threat section of the document.
  2. Report all bomb threats immediately to University Police at (360) 650-3911.
  3. Police will use direct contact information in their investigation and evaluation of threat level.