OSWEGO – Oswego County will hold two “KI Distribution Days” in Oswego and Mexico 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 two 65mg tablets (totaling 130mg) for every adult in a household.
This is a change from previous distributions. The county has received new 65mg KI tablets to replace130mg tablets that expired recently.
“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission provided the tablets to New York State without charge, but only had 65mg tablets available,” said Dale A. Currier, CEM, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office.
Currier encourages 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 KI Distribution Days will be held as follows:
• Monday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner St., Oswego
• Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Mexico Volunteer Fire Department, 3284 Main St. (Route 104), Mexico
Representatives of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office will distribute the tablets 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.
“If there were a radiological emergency at a nuclear power plant, radioactive materials could be released into the atmosphere,” Currier said. “Potassium iodide is an over-the-counter mineral salt that can help protect the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine.”
Currier stressed 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 System radio and television stations during an emergency.
KI should be taken only when directed by emergency officials.
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.
Information about KI is available on the Emergency Management Office page of the Oswego County Website at http://www.oswegocounty.com/emo/nuclear.html
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.