Delaware distributes potassium iodide tablets for concerned residents

Delawareans who live within ten miles of the Salem / Hope Creek Nuclear plants may obtain potassium iodide tablets starting today.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency is making the medication available from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Townsend Fire Co., 107 Main St., Townsend.  This is the final iodide distribution event of the year.  Potassium Iodide is an over-the-counter medication which can protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine, which could be released in an radiation emergency.  It does not protect against external radiation.  DEMA says “evacuation remains the primary method of protecting Delaware residents” during a nuclear incident.  “The potassium iodide will offer additional protection.”  Those who are eligible for potassium iodide are asked to bring a photo ID, or proof of residency such as a utility bill.  For more information please call the DEMA Radiological Emergency Planning section at 302-659-3362.

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