[June 16, 2012]
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When disasters do occur, there
are a number of agencies involved, some that one might not even think of. For example, when the white substance was discovered, it was the
Logan County Department of Public Health that stepped up to the plate and
took charge of finding out what it was and how to respond to it.
At the first news conference of the day, Nina
Huddleston with the health department advised the media the substance found was
anthrax. She was asked where it came from, how it made it into
Lincoln, but that was one of those questions that if it had been fully
answered, would have compromised any ongoing investigations.
Later in the day it would be learned that the
anthrax was dropped from hot air balloons, as this entire set of
scenarios was going on during the weekend of the balloon festival.
At the end of the day, Mark
Hilliard, health department administrator, would be on the scene at a news conference, telling the
public that emergency antibiotics were available to those who were
ill. He gave instructions on how families could obtain the
Pictures by Nila Smith