Caution Advised After Suspicious Package Sent to Wisconsin Health Center
On April 17, 2013, a suspicious package was hand delivered to Beloit Area Community Health Center in Wisconsin. The Health Center's CEO reported that no biological or chemical contaminants were discovered, and the Health Center was given a green light to resume operations on April 18, 2013. Given recent events regarding hazardous mail being sent to other targets, including the White House, Congressman Roger Wicker’s Washington D.C. office, and Michigan Senator Carl Levin’s Saginaw office, we wanted to make sure you have resources to help you prepare should a similar situation arise at your Health Center.
Please review the documents linked below and remind staff what to do if they recognize and/or handle a suspicious package or envelope.
MPCA will keep you updated as we receive additional information. If you have questions, please contact Lynda Meade, MPCA Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 517.827.0470 (office) or 517.256.5300 (cell).
Media coverage of Wisconsin event
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s best practices for how to recognize and handle a suspicious package or envelope
United States Postal Service poster outlining steps to take should you receive a suspicious letter or package
Michigan Emergency Management Quick Reference Guide for Health Care Facilities prepared by the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Office of Public Health Preparedness (Due to the size of the document it is linked as a PDF. If you would like the editable Word document please contact Lynda Meade.)