The Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Delaware Division of Public Health will distribute potassium iodide tablets to Delaware residents living within a 10-mile radius of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations.

The free tablets will be distributed from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Middletown Fire Hall, 27 W. Green St. Delaware residents living within the 10-mile radius in an Emergency Planning Zone received notification of the distribution via U.S. Mail.

Potassium iodide is available to residents who received it previously and whose tablets have reached their expiration date, as well as those who never received the tablets. Individuals with home or business addresses within the EPZ are eligible to receive the KI tablets. Recipients should bring a photo ID such as a driver’s license, proof of residency such as a utility bill, or proof of employment within the EPZ, when they go to the Middletown Fire Hall. Residents who have potassium iodide that has passed the expiration date can bring those tablets to the distribution center to exchange for new tablets.

Potassium iodide does not protect against external radiation, but can help protect the thyroid gland from ingested or inhaled radioactive iodine that might be released in a radiation emergency. KI is one of the protective measures outlined in Delaware’s emergency plans developed for use in a nuclear incident. Delaware receives the tablets through a program initiated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

In the event of a radiation emergency, state and local officials will inform the public via an Emergency Alert System message on local radio and television stations with instructions on how affected residents should react, directions to evacuation routes and emergency reception centers and when to take the KI tablets.

Delaware residents living outside of the 10-mile EPZ who would like to obtain potassium iodide tablets should contact their pharmacist. KI is available over-the-counter at some local pharmacies.

For more, call 659-3362.