The State of Delaware, through the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Division of Public Health, is offering a free distribution of potassium iodide tablets for Delaware residents living within a 10-mile radius of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations. These tablets are available for pick-up on Thursday, April 20th from 11 am to 7 pm at the Volunteer Hose Co. of Middletown, located at 27 W. Green Street in Middletown.
When picking up the tablets, individuals must provide a photo ID that proves their identity, such as a driver’s license, proof of residency within the zone (e.g., a utility bill), or proof of employment.
These tablets are given as a protective measure in the event of a nuclear incident. If consumed or inhaled, the radioactive iodine can cause thyroid cancer and other health problems. The potassium iodide tablets help protect the thyroid gland from this kind of radiation in the event of a nuclear emergency. They are part of Delaware’s emergency plans and are provided through a program from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
For those living outside the 10-mile radius but wish to obtain tablets, they should contact their local pharmacist. Safety is always a priority and this free distribution of potassium iodide tablets is one step to ensure that the public is defended from any potential radiation-related health risks.