Saint Louis University

Biological Attack


For a biological agent release or biological situation on campus contact The Office of Environmental Safety and Services at (314) 977-6885 or the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness. A representative from the Office of Environmental Safety and Services will respond to all biological situations.  Do not attempt to handle a biological incident on your own. For more information on biological agents see The Office of Environmental Safety and Services website at 

For all accidents involving biological agents or materials, contact the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness at (314) 977-3000. Be prepared to provide them with the following information:

  • Your location
  • If anyone is injured -- how many people; their names, approximate ages and sex; what the injuries are
  • If the spill or incident is contained to a specific area
  • The type and quantity of material involved
  • Do not leave the area and limit any movement until those it can be determined who is affected!



Do not touch any suspicious substances.

  • Report all suspicious packages, substances and/or persons to the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness at (314) 977-3000.

If you become aware of an unusual or suspicious substance nearby:

  • Move away quickly.
  • Wash with soap and water.
  • Contact the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness at (314) 977-3000. 
  • Listen to instructions from University Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
  • Seek medical attention if you become sick.

If you are exposed to a biological agent:

  • Remove and bag your clothes and personal items. Follow the instructions of professional personnel for disposal of contaminated items.
  • Wash yourself with soap and water and put on clean clothes.
  • Seek medical assistance. You may be advised to stay away from others or even quarantined.

After a Biological Event 

Pay close attention to all university and official warnings and instructions on how to proceed. The delivery of medical services for a biological event may be handled differently to respond to increased demand. The basic public health procedures and medical protocols for handling exposure to biological agents are the same as for any infectious disease. It is important for you to pay attention to official instructions via the Emergency Notification System, radio, television, and other emergency alert systems.

Modified from FEMA information: Monday, June 29, 2009

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