Posted by NOT AHEM on November 03, 2001 at 04:52:02:
Powdered-sugar doughnuts will be banned from Livingston County government buildings as part of the county's response to bioterrorism.
David Domas, chairman of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners, said the ban is no joke. He will send a memo to department heads next week requesting that the doughnuts and powdery substances such as sugar substitutes and coffee creamers be stricken from the menu at employees' coffee urns.
He said he decided to seek the ban after a recent incident in which a county employee found a white powdery substance on the floor and called 911. The substance was determined to be powdered sugar from someone's morning doughnut, but the ban will become part of Livingston County's bioterrorism preparedness and response plan, which will be outlined for the public at 7 p.m. Monday in the Howell High School auditorium, Domas said. "The already established countywide plan is being refined to bring it current with the needs of this most recent emergency," Domas said, referring to the Sept. 11 attacks and anthrax infections that have sprung up since the incident.
County officials have investigated several false alarms in that time, from chalk on a driveway to silica powder in a shoe box. But Livingston County Health Department Director Dr. Richard Thoune said they'd rather investigate numerous false alarms than miss one real incident because someone didn't call.
Washtenaw County 911 also has experienced a flurry of calls, said spokeswoman Denise Wirtz. Emergency management officials there updated the county's Emergency Management Division Web site to include information on bioterrorism and emergency response, Wirtz said