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Delaware to Distribute Potassium Iodide Tablets

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SMYRNA, Del.- The Delaware Emergency Management Agency and Delaware Division of Public Health will distribute potassium iodide tablets to Delaware residents living within a ten mile radius of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations. 

According to DEMA, the free tablets will be distributed on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 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, have received notification of the distribution via U.S. Mail. 

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 home or business addresses within the EPZ are eligible to receive the KI tablets. 

In 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.  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.

Those 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.

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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