Distribution of KI pills scheduled for Aug. 24
As part of its annual distribution to replace expired potassium iodide, or KI tablets, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will offer free tablets on Thursday, Aug. 24, to Pennsylvanians who live or work within 10 miles of the state’s five nuclear power plants.
Those picking up tablets will receive specific instructions on site from community health nurses on how many pills they should receive.
KI tablets will be distributed between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted on Aug. 24 at the locations below. No appointments are necessary.
• Kimberton Fire Hall, 2276 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville
• Keystone Steam Fire Company, 240 North Walnut St., Boyertown
•Montgomery County Health Department (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown.
“Potassium iodide is an important part of emergency preparedness for residents who live or work within 10 miles of a nuclear facility in the case of an radiological emergency,” said Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of health and
“It can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine and is safe for pregnant women, children and infants. It’s important to remember potassium iodide should only be taken when told to do so by state health officials or the gover-
nor, and is not a substitute for evacuation in the case of an emergency at our nuclear facilities,” Levine said.
KI can be taken by anyone, as long as they are not allergic to it. It is safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medication, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take potassium iodide should ask a health care provider.
Individuals can get KI
tablets for other family members or those who are unable to get it on their own. Directions detailing when to take the tablets and howto store it are provided with the KI, and Department of Health staff will be available to assist those with questions.
School districts and employers within the 10-mile radius can make arrangements with the Department of Health to obtain their supply of tablets.
The Department of Health also has KI tablets available year-round at county and municipal health departments or state health centers for individuals who live or work near a power plant.
Additional information on KI tablets and nuclear power plant safety can be found on the Department of Health’s website at www. health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.