Wednesday, April 08, 2020


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During the Christmas season, packages left at the door or sent through the mail may be compromised in terms of security. Thanks to the assistance of the Secure Community Network the following suggestions are wise to heed:


 Suspicious Package Indicators

    Excessive Postage

    Incorrect Titles

    Titles but No Names

    Misspellings of Common Words

    Oily Stains or Discolorations

    No Return Address

    Excessive Weight

    Rigid Envelope

    Lopsided or Uneven Envelope

    Protruding Wires or Tinfoil

    Visual Distractions

    Foreign Mail, Air Mail and Special Delivery

    Restrictive Markings such as Confidential, Personal, etc.

    Hand Written or Poorly Typed Addresses

    Excessive Securing Material such as Masking Tape, String, etc.

Recommended steps for handling suspicious packages and envelopes include the following: 

    Do not open. Do not shake or empty the contents.

    Do not carry, show to others, or allow unqualified or unauthorized individuals to examine the item.

    Put the item on a stable surface; do not sniff, touch, taste, or look closely at it or at any contents that might have spilled.

    Alert others in 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 spread of potentially infectious material to face or skin. Seek additional instructions for exposed or potentially exposed areas.

    At work, notify a supervisor, security officer, or law enforcement official; if at home, contact the local law enforcement agency.

    If possible, create a list of persons who were in the room or area when the suspicious letter or package was recognized and a list of persons who may have handled it. Give the lists to local public health authorities and law enforcement officials.

At Christmas and all year long, make sure your family is ready.


Discover how ready you are by taking the Readiness level test provided in the free download of CEN’s ReadyChristian training.  

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