by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and Delaware Division of Public Health will distribute free Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets to Delaware residents living within a precautionary ten-mile radius of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations.
Distribution will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2015, between 12 noon and 7:00PM EDT at the Townsend Fire Station, located on 107 Main Street in Townsend, DE. Businesses located within the zone are also eligible to receive tablets.
KI tablets are intended to specifically protect thyroid glands from damage associated with exposure to radioactive isotopes of Iodine formed during nuclear reactor malfunctions and related incidents by creating a positive (outward) flow of nonradioactive Iodine ions from the thyroids.
Further information can be obtained at:http://news.delaware.gov/2015/04/01/delaware-to-distribute-potassium-iodide-ki-tablets-3/ or by calling the Delaware Emergency Management Agency Radiological Emergency Planning section at 302-659-3362.