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Suspicious Package

If you receive or discover a suspicious package or device:

Do NOT TOUCH it, tamper with it, or move it!

Immediately call:
From campus phone: 911
From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8753)
*If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus, immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.

*Do not use a cell phone within 300 feet of the suspicious package.
What constitutes a suspicious letter or package?
  • Is unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
  • Exhibits powdery substance on the outside of the package or letter.
  • Has no return address or one that cannot be verified as legitimate.
  • Is marked with restrictive endorsements such as "Personal" or "Confidential".
  • Has excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed address, incorrect titles or titles with no name, or misspellings of common words.
  • Contains protruding wires, strange odors or stains.
  • Shipped with an unusual amount of tape.
  • Has an unusual weight, given the size, or is lopsided or oddly shaped.

What to do if you receive a suspicious package or parcel:
  • DO NOT OPEN!
  • Handle with care. Do not shake or bump.
  • Isolate the package or parcel immediately.
  • Immediately call:
    From campus phone: 911
    From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8753)
    *If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus, immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.

If you open a parcel that appears to be contaminated:
  • Do not move the parcel.
  • Call 911.
  • Turn off fans, window air conditioners or space heaters.
  • Isolate the area. Evacuate the adjoining areas.
  • Anyone in contact with the parcel should remain isolated in an area adjacent to the original location and wait for additional instructions from emergency responders.

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