Environmental Emergencies


In the event of a chemical spill or unusual odor and for assistance with the proper disposal of hazardous waste:

  • Promptly contact the JCCC Campus Police Department at ext. 4111 or 913-469-2500. They will contact Gary Cook, manager, Housekeeping and Custodial Services (ext. 7602), who will coordinate response, clean-up and disposal efforts. The secondary contact is Rex Hays (ext. 7604).
  • If an emergency exists, the Fire Department may also be contacted.
  • Be sure to secure the area to ensure that no one is unwittingly exposed to the chemicals or hazardous waste.

Suspicious Mail or Packages

It is important that every employee handling or receiving mail can identify a suspicious letter or parcel. Although occurrences are extremely rare, it is essential to know what to do when suspicious mail is received. Remain alert for signs of potentially dangerous mail and packages.

If you receive a suspicious letter or package:

  • Stop. Do not handle.
  • Isolate it immediately. Secure the area.
  • Activate the emergency response plan by contacting ext. 4111 or 913-469-2500 on campus or 911 at an off-campus site.
  • Alert others nearby to relocate to an area away from the site of the suspicious item. Keep a list of all persons in the potential hazard area.
  • Do not open, smell or taste.

If you suspect the mail or package contains a bomb (explosive), or radiological, biological, or chemical threat:

  • Isolate the area immediately.
  • Activate the emergency response plan by contacting ext. 4111 or 913-469-2500 on campus or 911 at an off-campus site.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Alert others nearby to relocate to an area away from the site of the suspicious item.

How to recognize suspicious packages and mail:

  • Excessive postage, misspelled common words
  • No return address or strange return address
  • Unusual addressing, such as not being addressed to a specific person or the use of incorrect titles or titles with no name
  • Restrictive markings, such as “personal,” “confidential” or “do not x-ray”
  • Powdery substances felt through or appearing on the item
  • Oily stains or discolorations on the exterior
  • Strange odors
  • Excessive packaging materials, like tape or string
  • Lopsided or bulky shape of envelopes or boxes
  • Ticking sounds, protruding wires or exposed aluminum foil