Since the anthrax attacks that occurred in September, 2001, there has been concern about the threat of biological agents being received through the mail. To alleviate concerns of those who handle mail, rubber gloves and face masks are available for use when processing the mail.
Mail and package deliveries should be screened for suspicious items. Common indicators of suspicious letters or packages are:
• Handwritten or poorly typed address
• Misspelling of common words
• Restrictive markings such as “Confidential” or “Personal”
• Excessive postage
• Foreign writing, addresses, or postage
• Protruding wires, aluminum foil, oily stains, odors, powdery substances, use of string or twine
See guidelines for detecting a suspicious object here.
Do not shake or open the item.
the item with anything (paper, clothing, trash, etc.) or
place it in a plastic bag. Do not handle the item more than is absolutely necessary.
Alert others in the area then leave the room and close the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering.
Call the emergency number 911; appropriate personnel will be dispatched.
Anyone who came in contact with the item should immediately wash all exposed skin with soap and water.
soon as possible, carefully remove any contaminated clothing and
place in a sealed plastic
The possibility also exists that a communicable disease outbreak may threaten to cripple the normal functioning of the library. In the event of such an outbreak, the University has a contingency plan as part of its management of emergency planning and response administered by the UA Campus Emergency Response Team. This plan can be accessed at:
Likewise, the College
of Law has a plan that designates a response administrator, essential functions,
leadership succession, and an emergency communications system. This plan
can be accessed at L:/Administrative Services/UA Pandemic Plan.
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