Yemen package alert requires increased vigilance
The JUF in Chicago issued an alert to Jewish institutions to be on the alert for suspicious packages that might be coming via UPS, FedEx, or by other means.The warning comes after a suspicious package, which contained a “manipulated” toner cartridge, was found Thursday night on a Chicago-bound cargo plane from Yemen, according to CNN. This incident is ongoing.
Organizations should review their mail procedures.It is likely that this incident was merely a test and those behind it will vary their methodology. Don’t assume that you have to suspect certain senders or mail from specific countries. Everyone opening mail should be wary of mail coming from unknown senders, especially those overseas.
Jewish organizations should increase their vigilance, in general. If you suspect that you received a suspicious package, call 911 immediately.
Feel free to contact the JCRC if you need additional information on mail screening.