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White powder

 If you encounter white powder in the mail or in a package, please do the following:

  • Call 911 if you suspect it could be a harmful substance
  • Do not shake or empty the contents of any suspicious package or envelope 
  • Do not carry the package or envelope, show it to others, or allow others to examine it 
  • Put the package or envelope down on a stable surface; do not sniff, touch, taste, or look closely at it or at any contents which may have spilled. 
  • 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.  If possible, shut off the ventilation system. 
  • WASH hands with soap and water to prevent spreading potentially infectious material to face or skin. Seek additional instructions for exposed or potentially exposed persons. 
  • If possible, create a list of persons who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized and a list of persons who also may have handled this package or letter. Give this list to both the local public health authorities and law enforcement agencies. 
  • Gloves and other personal protective clothing and equipment can be discarded in regular trash once they are removed or if they are visibly torn, unless a suspicious piece of mail is recognized and handled.