In response to widespread concern about possible links between
reported cases of anthrax and international terrorism,
it seems prudent to provide information describing what
constitutes suspicious mail and to describe the process
by which such mail should be handled by individuals on
the Smith campus. In the meantime, remain calm. Smith has
a plan in place to deal with threats to the health or safety
of the community.
Things You Need to Know About Anthrax >>
should trigger suspicion include letters or parcels that:
The U.S. Postal Service reports
that it delivers approximately 208 billion pieces of mail per
year. Presently there have been
only a handful of confirmed incidents of anthrax bacteria
sent through the mail.
Until there is more clarity about
how anthrax spores are being transmitted through the mail,
in the Student Post Office and Central Services will wear
gloves while processing incoming mail. Masks are provided
use is voluntary. Traffic in the mail-handling area of
Central Services will be restricted to essential personnel.
are asked to remain in front of the service counter in
the lobby and not to enter the work area through the front
rear doors. Signs will be posted.
Those who handle mail
in other areas of the campus may also wish to use gloves
and masks. Gloves and masks are
made available through Central Stores at extension 2435.
Be sure to put your name and return
address on envelopes or parcel wrapping.