Potassium Iodide (KI) Distribution Scheduled for October 24
Residents Within the Emergency Planning Zone of McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Power Plants Advised of KI Tablet Distribution
Potassium Iodide, also known by its chemical symbol, KI, will be distributed to residents and employers within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Power Plant in Mecklenburg, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, previously planned for Spring 2020 was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new date for KI distribution to residents within the Emergency Planning Zone of McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Power Plants is October 24, 2020 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Potassium Iodide (KI) is an over-the-counter medication that can protect the thyroid if someone is exposed to radioactive iodine during a radiological emergency. If taken at the appropriate time and at the proper dosage, KI fills the thyroid with stable iodine to prevent radioactive iodine from being absorbed, therefore reducing the risk of possible damage of the thyroid. While KI is recommended for any radiological emergency, evacuation remains the best course of action for protecting your health. Please be advised that any KI that has been inadvertently opened from the blister pack, has moisture damage on the package or has turned yellow (indicating it hasn't been stored in accordance with labeled directions) should be discarded. In the event of a radiological emergency, you will be advised of the protective actions you should take through the Emergency Alert System. KI should be kept in a safe, accessible location and should only be taken when instructed by public health authorities.
The distribution of new KI tablets will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in each of the five counties previously mentioned. Residents that live within the 10-mile radius of the McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Power Stations can pick up their new supply at the following locations on October 24:
If you are unable to make it to your county's pick-up site, please contact them using the information below to find out when and where you may pick up KI after October 24, 2020. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or is a close contact and currently under quarantine restrictions, should contact their local health department later to arrange pick up of KI tablets.
For more information, please visit the appropriate website below:
The United Nuclear Regulatory Commission - NRC.gov
Mecklenburg County Public Health or call 704-517-8046
Catawba County Public Health or call 828-695-5800
Gaston County Health Department or call 704-853-5200
Iredell County Health Department or call 704-878-5300
Lincoln County Health Department or call 704-735-3001
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