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Last Chance to Receive Free Potassium Iodine Tablets

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SMYRNA, Del. - The Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Delaware Division of Public Health will distribute free potassium iodide tablets to Delaware residents who live or work within 10 miles of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations.

The final distribution date and location is Thursday, August 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Appoquinimink State Service Center, 122 Silver Lake Road, Middletown.

The state received potassium iodine tablets upon its participation in a program initiated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The tablets are offered to all states with populations living within a 10-mile radius of a nuclear power facility.

Potassium iodide does not protect against external radiation, but it can help protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine that may be released in the event of a radiation emergency and could be ingested or inhaled. Potassium iodide is a supplement to Delaware's existing emergency plans developed for use in a nuclear incident. Evacuation remains the primary method of protecting Delaware residents; the potassium iodide offers additional protection.

Those eligible for potassium iodine tablets are asked to assist in the distribution efforts by following the guidelines included in an informational mailing that was sent in May.

When picking up the tablets, bring that flyer, as well as photo identification such as a driver's license or proof of residency, such as a utility bill.

People residing outside of the ten-mile radius of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations and who would like to obtain potassium iodide should contact their pharmacist. Potassium iodide is available over the counter in many local pharmacies.

For additional information regarding the potassium iodide distribution program in Delaware, call the Delaware Emergency Management Agency Radiological Emergency Planning section at 302-659-3362.

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