Mailroom wary of anthrax threat
In the Smith Union mailroom, policy responses to the threat of anthrax have been measured.
Supervisor Amy Donohue said that rubber gloves are now available for mailroom workers to wear when handling mail.
"Some have used them, some haven't," she said.
U.S. Postal Service guidelines for handling suspicious packages have already been posted in the mailroom, and incoming mail is being kept away from the window into Smith Union where students pick up packages.
Donohue said that in a Wednesday meeting, a Portland postal inspector assured her that all the anthrax scares in the city's mail system have been hoaxes.
An email sent to the entire campus provided a link to the following Bowdoin policy:
As reported daily by the news media during the past week, there is mounting
concern about the use of Anthrax in terrorism incidents around the country.
Employees at several media outlets and political offices have tested positive
for Anthrax after handling or being exposed to suspicious pieces of mail.
While there is no reason to believe that Bowdoin students or employees
are the target of such attacks, members of the campus community are urged
to follow simple precautions if they receive suspicious or questionable
envelopes or packages in the mail. It is important to remember that Anthrax
is generally treatable with antibiotics and is not contagious. This page
offers information on Anthrax, safety and contact information, and links
to useful external resources on this subject.
If you receive a suspicious letter or package:
1. Do not try to open the package. If there is spilled powder, do not
try to clean it up.
There are indicators that a package may be suspicious:
-Restrictive markings - the words "personal" or "private"