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 Contacting the FBI

The FBI's New Jersey field office is located at: 

One Gateway Center
Market Street, 22 Floor
 Newark, New Jersey 07101
Phone: (973) 792-3000
Fax: (973) 792-3035

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Contacting the Township of West Milford Health Department


Contacting the Township of West Milford Police Department


If you or  someone else is hurt dial 

9 1 1

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October 27, 2001 18:15 EDT (6:15 PM EDT)

Recommendations for Handling Suspicious Packages or Envelopes

Previous CDC recommendations for handling suspicious packages or envelopes were published as part of CDC Health Advisories on October 12 and 14, 2001. These recommendations were part of guidelines for handling anthrax and other biological agent threats. The following are updated CDC interim recommendations:

Handling of Suspicious Packages or Envelopes

  Do not shake or empty the contents of a suspicious package or envelope.

  Do not carry the package or envelope, show it to others, or allow others to examine it.

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

Alert others in the area about the suspicious package or envelope. Leave 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 spreading potentially infectious material to face or skin. Seek additional instructions for exposed or potentially exposed persons.

 If at work, notify a supervisor, a security officer, or a 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 this suspicious letter or package was recognized and a list of persons who also may have handled this package or letter. Give the list to both the local public health authorities and law enforcement officials.




 Some characteristics of suspicious packages and letters include the following...

Excessive postage

Handwritten or poorly typed addresses

Incorrect titles

Title, but no name

Misspellings of common words

Oily stains, discolorations or odor

No return  address

Excessive weight

Lopsided or uneven envelope

Protruding wires or aluminum foil

 Excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc.

Visual distractions

Ticking sound

Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Confidential"

Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address



Township of West Milford OEM


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