Tablets distributed in the event of a radiation emergency at nuclear plant.

Middletown residents stood patiently in line on the last day of July at the Volunteer Hose Company to obtain potassium iodide (KI) tablets for them and their families.

"We're seeing and educating more people," said LaDon Terry-Graham, a radiation control specialist with the Delaware Division of Public Health said. "It's great to see them get prepared."

Potassium iodide tablets are distributed every year to people living within the 10-mile radius of the Salem-Hope Creek Generating Station, a nuclear facility in New Jersey.

The tablets do not protect people from radiation, but help protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine that may be released in the event of a radiation emergency.

The event was organized by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH).

Look for more details on this story next week here on the website and in the Middletown Transcript newspaper.