Much attention and concern has been focused in the media regarding anthrax. Though no case of anthrax has been confirmed in Massachusetts or any adjoining states and the potential for a situation occurring on campus is unlikely, it does remain important as to assure that we be aware of our ever-changing environment and respond appropriately if a matter of concern should arise.
UMass Lowell in conjunction with local, state and health emergency response authorities, have implemented policies and procedures should the notification of a potential presence of anthrax be received from our community. An Emergency Response Team (ERT) consisting of the University's Environmental and Emergency Management Department, UMass Lowell Police and the city of Lowell's Health, Fire and Police Departments will respond to all matters of concern.
Mail and Package Handling
The U.S. Postal Service, package delivery companies (i.e. UPS, Fed Ex, Airborne, etc.) and the University's Central Mail and Stockroom personnel have received awareness training when handling mail and packages. However if you are suspicious of any mail or package, do not open it and immediately contact University Police at x2911.
How to Identify Suspicious Packages and Letters:
- Excessive postage
- No return address
- Same return label as addressee
- Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
- Has oily stains, discoloration or strange odor
- Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address
- Excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc.
- Visual distractions such as numerous stickers
- Ticking sound
- Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Confidential"
If an unknown substance is found, try to determine the following:
- Who was in the room previously?
- Was there work activity in the area?
- Was food consumed in the room earlier that could be the source?
- Are there other plausible reasons for the substance to be present?
If you are still unclear of the source or the nature of the substance, and are concerned that it may be dangerous, contact UMass Lowell police at x2911. This will activate the Emergency Response Team. When the ERT is called, all individuals that may have been exposed to the substance will be asked to see their health care professional.
Our goal is to provide a safe work environment in which we can continue to concentrate on our important missions. If you have any questions regarding these announcement or procedures, please contact Environmental and Emergency Management Director, Rich Lemoine at x2618 or University Police, Patricia Reardon at x2384.