The Delaware Emergency Management Agency
(DEMA) and Delaware Division of Public Health will distribute potassium
iodide (KI) tablets to Delaware residents living within a ten mile
radius of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations.
The free tablets will
be distributed on Thursday, October 24,
between noon and 7 p.m. at the Townsend Fire Station. The station is
located 107 Main Street in Townsend. Delaware residents living within
the affected ten
mile radius, called the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ), have received
notification of the distribution via U.S. Mail.
DEMA said potassium iodide will be available to residents who received it previously, and
whose tablets have reached their expiration date, as well as those
who never received the tablets before. Individuals with a home or
business addressed within the EPZ are eligible to receive the KI
tablets. The State of Delaware received the tablets when it chose to
participate in a program initiated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
According to DEMA, potassium iodide does
not protect against external radiation, but can help protect the
thyroid gland from ingested or inhaled radioactive iodine that might be
released in a radiation emergency. KI is one of the measures outlined
in Delaware's emergency plans developed for
use in a nuclear incident. The primary method of protecting residents
is evacuation of the EPZ. Potassium iodide offers additional
the event of a radiation emergency, state and local officials will
inform the public through an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message via local
radio stations, DEMA said. The messages will include instructions on how
affected residents should react, directions to evacuation routes and
emergency reception centers, and when to take the KI tablets.
Delaware residents living within the 10-mile EPZ, as well as those who
work or own businesses within the Emergency Planning Zone are eligible
to receive the free potassium iodide tablets. By following the
guidelines included in the informational mailing, they can assist in
making the distribution effective and efficient.
who are eligible to receive the KI tablets should bring a photo ID such
as a driver's license, or proof of residency, such as a utility bill,
with them to the distribution center at Townsend Fire Station. Individuals in possession of potassium iodide that has passed the
expiration date can bring those tablets to the distribution center to
receive new tablets.
residents living outside of the 10-mile EPZ who would like to obtain
potassium iodide tablets should contact their pharmacist. KI is
over-the-counter at some local pharmacies.
additional information regarding the potassium iodide distribution
program in Delaware, call the Delaware Emergency Management Agency
Emergency Planning section at 302-659-3362.
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