Potassium Iodide tablet distribution
|Date:||July 31, 2014|
|Time:||12:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
The Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Delaware Division of Public Health will distribute potassium iodide tablets free of charge to Delaware residents who live or work within 10 miles of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations.
The tablets are available to those who have received potassium iodide during previous distribution events, and those who have never received potassium iodide. The tablets to be distributed this year will replace the IOSAT 130 mg tablets set to expire beginning September 2014.
The tablets will be distributed from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the Volunteer Hose Company, 27 W. Green St., Middletown, and on Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Appoquinimink State Service Center, 122 Silver Lake Road, Middletown (adjacent to the Middletown High School).
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. Evacuation remains the primary method of protecting Delaware residents; the potassium iodide offers additional protection.