Oswego – Oswego County will hold the first of two “KI Distribution Days” in Oswego May 15 to distribute potassium iodide (KI) to people who live in the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba.
The county will distribute one 65mg tablet for every child weighing less than 150 pounds, and one 130mg tablet for every adult in a household.
The county recently received new supplies of 65mg KI pills for residents from New York State, replacing the pills that expired in April.
The current supply of 130mg tablets expires in 2014.
Patricia Egan, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, encouraged people to attend the distribution days to receive their KI. This free, public distribution program is part of a comprehensive KI policy that includes the distribution and stockpiling of KI so that it will be available during a nuclear power plant emergency.
The first distribution event will be held May 15, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.
A second distribution will be held at a later date in the Mexico area.
Representatives of the Emergency Management Office will be on hand to distribute the pills and answer questions.
Residents will be asked to sign a form stating they live in the 10-mile emergency planning zone and will receive information on how they should store the pills and how they will be informed to take them during an emergency.
KI is also available weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, 200 N. Second St., Fulton, and at the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner St. in Oswego.
“If there were a radiological emergency at a nuclear power plant, radioactive materials could be released into the atmosphere,” Egan said. “Potassium iodide is an over-the-counter mineral salt that can help protect the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine.”
Egan emphasized that KI offers limited protection, and that evacuation of people would be the primary protective action during an emergency at one of the plants.
People should follow the instructions of county officials announced on Emergency Alert Systems during an emergency. KI should only be taken upon direction of emergency officials.
Information about KI is available on the Emergency Management department page of the Oswego County Website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo
To receive a fact sheet on KI or for information about any aspect of emergency planning, people may call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 315/591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792 or the Oswego County Health Department at 315/349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.