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Package bomb threats and pathogen exposure

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Above, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shares tips about what to
do if there's a bomb threat.

To get a copy of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Bomb Threat Checklist used in this video, go to the DHS website

Who is most at risk for package threats?
The United States Postal Service says that people often think of a
mail bomber as someone motivated by political beliefs, however
that this stereotype of a postal bomber is incorrect. Motivation
may instead come from jilted lovers, fired employees, ex-
business partners, someone who has lost signficant money, or
others who feel wronged by society or who lead troubled lives.
The U.S. Postal service says package bombs generally target
specific people.

The people most at risk for packages with hazardous materials
include:

  • High profile people ~  Vanessa Trump's anthrax scare in
    February 2018 brought anthrax to the forefront this year, but
    thankfully the white powder turned out to be harmless,
    Threat of anthrax escalated about a week after the 9/11
    terrorist attacks when envelopes containing anthrax spores
    were sent anonymously to media companies and
    congressional offices.

  • Branch office bank employees. Bank central offices
    regularly get bomb threats.

  • Charitable organizations. An easy target for package bomb
    deliveries are places who accept random packages, such as
    the Goodwill, the Salvation Army and other charitable thrift
    shops and food banks handling miscellaneous bags and
    boxes. Most explosive devices are placed and not mailed.

  • Emergency response workers. First responders typically
    have a situational awareness regarding the potential threats.

  • Laboratory research and testing professionals. Thankfully
    laboratory professionals take procedural caution handling
    bodily fluids, but threats are continuing to emerge. In 2011
    nanotechnology researchers were targets of package bomb
    threats.

  • Office mail handlers. Office mail handlers as well as postal
    workers (U.S.P.S., U.P.S. FedEx) are at heightened risk for
    package threats for obvious reasons.

  • Airline baggage handlers. Again, most package bombs are
    placed and not mailed. If you see something, such as an
    unattended bag, say something!

  • Companies with foreign suppliers.

What to do...

  • Have protective clothing. Having a chemical suit as part of
    your preps is helpful, but realistically it's not like you're
    going to be wearing a chemical suit.

  • Get NIOSH certified respirators. Since inhalation of anthrax
    is the most potentially lethal, you'll need a NIOSH certified
    respirator. Respirators that are NIOSH Certified can protect
    against Anthrax, SARs and Hautavirus, for example. They  
    have a disposable filter.

  • HEPA filters. Another layer of protection for anthrax threats
    is to have a HEPA filter handy. A HEPA filter is a High
    Efficiency Particulate Absorber. Not only can a HEPA filter
    handle such everyday things as dust mites, mold spores,
    pollen, and pet dander, but it's good to have on hand for
    volcanic ash. Germ Guardian HEPA air filtration, pictured
    immediate right captures 99.7% of allergens, including dust
    mites, pet dander, plant pollens and more. What's more the
    UV-C light works with the HEPA fitler to kill airborne bacteria,
    viruses and mold spores. The American Academy of Pediatric
    Allergy and Immunology, recommends HEPA air filtration to
    reduce exposure to indoor asthma triggers.

  • Stock up on antibiotics. IF you can get your hands on some
    antibiotics, then you'll fare better if exposed to anthrax. The
    antidote for anthrax is an antibiotic, such as:
  • ciprofloxacin (fluoroquinolones)
  • doxycycline
  • erythomycin
  • penicillin
  • vancomycin

    You may be allergic to these medicines. Always seek advice
    from a physican.*

Did you know that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service can provide
information about establishing a secure mail center and detecting
package bombs? Contact your local U.S. Postal Inspector for
details.

Happy endings...
Thankfully package bombs threats are one in a billion and it's
also extremely remote that you'd ever get packaged threat at the
office.

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Package Bomb threats
Anthrax, hazardous materials and package bombs

Threats are going postal with package bomb threats on the rise!
Unknown substances mailed in letters, and cleverly disguised
package bombs are emerging as a new threat in the United
States. This means preppers must pay close attention to anything
that looks out of place. Just about any bag, purse, backpack or
box could contain a bioweapon or a bomb!

Treat any suspicious package with extreme caution. Do not
approach a package, bag, or backpack that seems out of place.
Instead, keep others away and alert authorities. Authorities
caution, if you see something, say something!

Packages and postal threats
Package bomb threats: Do you know what to look for in a
suspicious package? Anthrax, hazardous materials and package
bombs are making headlines. Is the rise in package bomb threats
part of a larger problem, like a
cold war with Russia or the
ongoing trheat from North Korea? Are they domestic threats from
a disturbed individual? Threats are emerging...

  • Anthrax letters. A mysterious white powder that can be
    slipped in the mail, anthrax is a bacterial bioweapon and a
    troublesome pathogen because it can lie dormant in soil for
    centuries, virtually undetected. While extremely rare, just
    one gram of anthrax could contain 100 million lethal doses,
    which is why it's such a cause for concern. Targeted victims
    of anthrax could experience skin ulcers, fever, fatigue and
    even death. It was 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks that
    threats of anthrax letter surfaced.


  • Hazardous materials. Four mail room workers in a District of
    Columbia jail were treated for exposure to potentially
    hazardous materials. Recently, members of the Trump family
    have received letters with a mysterious powdered substance.

Whether motivated by politics or a personal pathology, preppers
need to be aware of the risks because domestic terrorism is going
postal... If you deal regularly with mail, there's are a few things
you can do:

#1: Maintain a situational awareness.
Be mindful, particularly if you have a job that involves
transporting, storing or otherwise handling packages or luggage.
Realize that copycats will surface and you should always have an
understanding of your surroundings. Terrorism is not exclusive to
a group, and personal pathologies will emerge from otherwise
ordinary citizens. Here's what to look for and what to do if you
should find a suspicious package....

Here are some things to look for in packages:
  • Be aware of packages with excessive postage!
  • Look out for protruding wires.
  • Check the package for stains, white powders.
  • Take caution if the package smells.
  • Be mindful to avoid rigid or lopsided packages ~ these kinds
    of bulky packages could be dangerous.
  • Other things to look for: labels, packaged addressed to
    incorrect titles or packages with no return address.
  • Don't touch the suspicious package. Instead clear the area
    and call 9-11.

#2: Get a box of latex gloves.
For your everyday mail handling, be cautious and prepared. A
simply way to be prepared is to wear latex gloves if you handle a
wide array of packages at work, for example. Latex gloves will
provide a layer of protection on the threat of anthrax.

Anthrax spores can remain dormant until they find a place to
multiply, such as on your skin when you open the envelope.
That's why it's important to get yourself some latex gloves to
open the mail.

#3: Remain calm with all kinds of bomb threats.
If you work at the government or at a bank or other institution
that receives regular bomb threats, then take heed and watch the
video below. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says that
although a bomb threat may seem rare, they happen every day
across the nation. Reacting quickly and safely to a bomb threat
could save lives, including your own

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides these ideas
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