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Suspicious or Unattended Item

A suspicious item is any item (bag, package, vehicle, etc) that is reasonably believed to contain explosives, an improvised explosive device (IED), or other hazardous material that requires a bomb technician and/or specialized equipment to further evaluate it.

Generally speaking, anything that is:

H - Hidden,

O - Obviously suspicious, and

T - not Typical 

should be deemed suspicious. Other potential indicators include the placement, and proximity of the item to people and valuable assets.


If you receive or discover a suspicious package or foreign device:

  • Remain calm.
  • Do NOT touch, tamper with, or move the package, bag, or item.
  • Notify authorities immediately:  
    • Notify your facility supervisor, contact Public Safety, or call 911. 
    • Explain why it appears suspicious.
  • Follow instructions. Facility supervisors and/or law enforcement will assess the situation and provide guidance regarding shelter-in-place or evacuation.
  • If no guidance is provided and you feel you are in immediate danger, calmly evacuate the area. Distance and protective cover are the best ways to reduce injury from a bomb.
  • Be aware. There could be other threats or suspicious items.