Explosion and Suspicious Objects

Radiation and some chemical and biological agents cannot be seen, smelled, felt, or tasted. As a result, immediately following an explosion outside the building, tenants may not know if chemical, biological, or radiological weapons were used. If the building has not been affected by the blast and the fire alarm system has not been activated, it is recommended that shelter-in-place plans be implemented as a safety measure against airborne agents or radiological fallout. Please see additional information on shelter-in-place plans. Tenants should listen for instructions from local officials and the Building Staff for changes in conditions. It may be necessary to discontinue the shelter-in-place and begin evacuation procedures if local officials recommend so or hazardous conditions, such as fire, threaten the building.

Bombs present a major danger not only by their destructive capability, but also by ease of concealment or camouflage due to relatively small size and enclosure in harmless appearing containers.

Past events demonstrate the need for ongoing vigilance and suspicion on the part of management staff and tenants to anything "out of the ordinary."

If evacuation procedures are implemented, tenants should evacuate in the direction away from the explosion. Alternate evacuation routes and assembly areas should be considered. Please see evacuation plans for additional information.


  1. Be alert for suspicious-acting individuals visiting the premises.
  2. Request that employees and staff members be vigilant and report the presence of strange or unfamiliar objects, briefcases, containers, pipes, or unusual-appearing packages.
  3. Notify the property management office immediately and call 911 if the presence of a bomb or suspicious object is suspected.

Suspicious Object Found:

  1. Call 911.
  2. A staff member needs to meet the fire department at the building entrance.
  3. Alert all members of the management staff of the situation. They will then shut the loading dock and close the parking facility to incoming vehicles.
  4. The fire department will decide if the area should be evacuated.
  5. When the fire department has determined that the emergency has cleared, property management will alert the tenants that they are allowed to return to the building.


  1. Call 911
  2. If possible, a staff member needs to meet the fire department at the building entrance, or as close as possible.
  3. Open doors carefully, watching for falling objects.


  1. Alert your immediate supervisor as soon as you can get to a telephone.
  2. If the event occurs when the building is closed, the tenant contacts for the effected tenants will be notified at once.
  3. Property management will determine when the tenants can return to the building and let them know.

Suspicious Mail

Handling of Suspicious Packages or Envelopes:

  1. DO NOT shake or empty the contents of any suspicious package or envelope.
  2. DO NOT carry the package or envelope, show it to others or allow others to examine it.
  3. Put the package or envelope down on a stable surface. DO NOT sniff, touch, taste or look at it or any contents, which may have spilled.

Once it happens:

  1. Cover the suspicious item with whatever is handy, copy paper, napkins, and evacuate the area.
  2. WASH hands well with soap and water.
  3. Alert others in the area about the suspicious package or envelope. Create a list of those in the area when the letter/package was found and give it to the responding medical workers. Leave the area, close any doors and take actions to prevent others from entering the area.
  4. Call 911, giving them as much information as you have.
  5. Call the Management Office at 508.303.6900 ext 221.
  6. Shut down the effected HVAC system.
  7. Tenant contacts will be asked to account for their employees, as it may be necessary to know which ones were at work and therefore exposed, and which ones were out of the office.
  8. The fire department will decide, given the facts, if the area should be evacuated or quarantined.

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