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Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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704-336-4700

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Potassium Iodide Distribution


Mecklenburg County sits between two Duke Energy nuclear power plants, McGuire and Catawba. These nuclear power plants use heat created from nuclear fission to change water to steam. The steam is necessary to power generators to make electricity. Some county residents and business are located near one of the power plants and therefore, should always be prepared to protect themselves and evacuate or shelter-in-place should a nuclear release occur affecting the health and safety of those living near the power plant. It is important to note that each nuclear power plant is closed regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure emergency plans and notifications are current and exercised on a regular basis. 

In preparation of a possible nuclear release, the Mecklenburg County Preparedness Team provide potassium iodide (KI) tablets to Mecklenburg County residents and businesses who are within 10-miles of either nuclear power plant. Potassium iodide is a non-prescription medication that is used to protect the thyroid gland, in the event of a nuclear release or radiological emergency. If taken at the appropriate time and at the proper dosage, potassium iodide can block the intake of radioactive iodine, therefore reducing the risk of thyroid cancer. Potassium iodide should NOT be taken unless directed by public health officials. If taking potassium iodide is recommended by public health officials, residents and businesses should still follow evacuation or shelter-in-place recommendations as well.

KI PillsFor Mecklenburg County Residents

If you are a Mecklenburg County resident who lives or works within 10-miles of either nuclear power plant, please visit the following locations during normal business hours to obtain your potassium iodide (KI): 

Mecklenburg County Health Department - Uptown
618 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
704-517-8046

Mecklenburg County Health Department - Northwest
2845 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216
704-336-6400

Cornelius Police Department
21440 Catawba Ave, Cornelius, NC 28031
704-892-1363

Davidson Police Department
216 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5131

Huntersville Police Department
9630 Julian Clark Avenue, Huntersville, NC 28078
704-464-5400

Pineville Police Department
427 Main Street, Pineville, NC 28134
704-889-7867

Steele Creek Police Department 
2227 Westinghouse Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273
704-336-7800

For Mecklenburg County Businesses

All Mecklenburg County businesses located within 10-miles of either nuclear power plant requesting potassium iodide (KI) will need to submit a request on company letterhead documenting your business name, address, main point of contact and greatest number of employees at any given time. The request will then need to be taken to the following locations during normal business hours to obtain potassium iodide. Please call first to allow time to prepare medications. 

Mecklenburg County Health Department - Uptown
618 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
704-517-8046

Mecklenburg County Health Department - Northwest
2845 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216
704-336-6400

Residents and Businesses Outside of Mecklenburg County 

If you are a resident or business in Catawba, Gaston, Iredell or Lincoln County within 10-miles of either nuclear power plant, please visit the following distribution sites during normal business hours or contact your local health department for more information. South Carolina residents and businesses should contact their local health department for more information. Please call before visiting each distribution site to check the availability of potassium iodide. 

Catawba County Residents and Business

Catawba County Health Department 
3070 11th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory, NC 28602
828-695-5800

Gaston County Residents and Businesses 

Gaston County Environmental Health Department
991 W. Hudson Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28052
704-853-5200

Iredell County Residents and Businesses*
 
Iredell County Health Department 
318 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville, NC 28625
704-761-2487

Iredell County Health Department 
610 East Center Avenue, Mooresville, NC 28115
704-761-2487

*Businesses should send all requests by fax to the Statesville Campus at 704-871-3474. Requests should be on company letterhead and must contain the number of employees on site during the largest shift and the name(s) of company representative(s) who will have the authority to pick up the tablets. All requests must be submitted at least 5 days in advance. 

Lincoln County Residents and Business

Lincoln County Health Department 
151 Sigmon Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092
704-735-3001

The Florence S. Shanklin Library
7837 Fairfield Forrest Road, Denver, NC 28037 
704-483-3589

Additional Resources
Potassium Iodide (KI) Information Sheets in English.pdf and Spanish.pdf
McGuire Nuclear Power Plant Text Alerts – Text McGuire to 71729
Catawba Nuclear Power Plant Text Alerts – Text Catawba to 71729

For more information on being prepared before, during and after a nuclear or radiological event, please visit ReadyNC or Duke Energy















Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:


Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

MAP

HOW ARE WE DOING?

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Please do not send confidential information
via email.


704-336-4700

Key Initiatives