vehicles should be located outside the perimeter of protected areas. Entrances and exits to parking
areas should be separate from others.
The following information, contained in the postal pamphlet "Bombs by Mail," should be available to all
mail-handling personnel. A copy should be in each unit mail room.
o Mail bombs may bear restricted endorsements such as "Personal" or "Private." This factor is
important when the addressee does not normally receive personal mail at the office.
o The addressee's name and/or title may be inaccurate.
o Mail bombs may reflect distorted handwriting or the name and address may be prepared with
o Letter-type bombs may feel rigid or appear uneven or lopsided.
o Parcel bombs may be unprofessionally wrapped with several combinations of tape used to
secure the package and may be endorsed "Fragile-Handle With Care" or "Rush-Do Not Delay."
o Parcel bombs may be of irregular shape or have soft spots or bulges.
o Parcel bombs may make a buzzing or ticking noise or a sloshing sound.
o Pressure or resistance may be noted when removing contents from an envelope or parcel.
Mail handlers that become suspicious about a package should NOT:
o Open the article.
o Put it in water or a confined space like a desk drawer or a filing cabinet.
Instead they SHOULD:
o Isolate the mailing, then evacuate the immediate area.
o If possible, open windows in the immediate area to help vent potential explosive gases.
o Ignore the possibility of embarrassment if the item turns out to be innocent. Contact the nearest
EOD, Military Police, or postal inspector for professional assistance.
Employees must be able to quickly determine if a suspicious item belongs in an area. The only way to
do this is to keep clutter to a minimum. All personnel