10, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- As
a precautionary measure, the University of Kentucky
has released to all its employees the following letter
and package guidelines:
the recent incidents in Kentucky involving letters
and/or packages containing an unknown substance, the
University of Kentucky Police, in conjunction with
the FBI and Lexington Division of Police, have issued
the following cautions and instructions for anyone
receiving or coming into contact with any suspicious
letter or package:
AND REMAIN CALM
any threatened use of a biological agent must be treated
as though it is real, experience has demonstrated
that these threats are likely to be a HOAX.
suspected biological agent is reported as anthrax,
be assured it is NOT generally contagious from person
to person, and that treatment is available and effective
if administered before the onset of symptoms.
YOU SHOULD DO
1. If you
receive any letter or package with NO return address,
you should use caution.
2. If it
is a letter that you have opened, set it down gently
at the location where you first read it. Any item
deemed suspicious should be double or triple bagged
in any garbage, sealable plastic bag, or other type
bag (whatever is on hand). Use paper if plastic isn't
available. Then move to an area that will minimize
your exposure to others. If possible, wash your hands
with soap and water. Avoid unnecessary contact with
others, and remain in the area. Public Safety and
Health responders will come to you.
finding suspicious mail should contact their local
law enforcement agency to take control of the item
or advise a coworker in the immediate area what has
happened and ask him/her to call the appropriate law
4. If possible,
close doors and windows in the area of the letter/note,
shut down the building's ventilation system, and turn
off any fans in the area.
5. Do not
allow others into the area. If anyone enters, he/she
should stay until instructed to leave by Public Safety
or Health responders.
calm. Exposure does not mean that you will become
sick. Public Health responders will provide specific
information and instructions about the symptoms and
effective treatment to prevent illness.
YOU SHOULD NOT DO
1. Do not
pass the letter or note to others to look at.
2. Do not
disturb any contents in the letter or note. Handling
the letter may only spread the substance inside and
increase the chances of it getting into the air.
3. Do not
ignore the threat. It must be treated as real until
stated that thus far, there has been no indication
of biological substances found in envelopes or packages.
testing conducted at the UK microbiology laboratory
on a substance received yesterday did not reveal any
of Kentucky faculty, students or staff finding any
suspicious letter or package should contact the University
Police Department at 257-1616 if you are on campus.
are off campus and within Fayette County, call the
Lexington Division of Police at 258-3600, the Urban
County Division of Environmental and Emergency Management
(DEEM) at 258-3784 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,
or the Urban County Division of Fire and Emergency
Services Hazardous Materials Response Team at 254-1120.
are in an area outside of Lexington and receive a
suspicious package or letter, please call your local