FROM WGAL CH 8 NEWS
The following information is from the Pennsylvania Department of Health:
"The Department of Health will provide free potassium iodide tablets Thursday, Aug. 8, to Pennsylvanians who live, work or attend school within a 10-mile radius of one of the state’s five nuclear power plants.
Potassium iodide, or KI, can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine when taken as directed during radiological emergencies. Individuals should only take KI when told to do so by state health officials or the governor.
Each adult will receive four 65-milligram tablets. Children will be given smaller doses based on their age. Individuals can pick up KI tablets for other family members or those who are unable to pick them up on their own. Directions detailing when to take the tablets and how to store them will be provided with the KI.
Anyone can take the tablets as long as they are not allergic to KI. They are safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medicine, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take KI should ask a healthcare provider.
KI tablets will be available between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the distribution sites listed below. No appointments are necessary. KI tablets are also available throughout the year at county and municipal health departments or state health centers.
Beaver Valley Power Station
Beaver County Emergency Services, 351 14th St., Ambridge
Center at the Mall, 284 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd., Monaca
Primary Health Network, 1302 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls
Limerick Generating Station
Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station
Peach Bottom Community Center, 5 Pendyrus St., Delta
Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station
Berwick Fire Department, Reliance Hose Company #1, 501 W. Third St., Berwick
Butler Township Community Center, 415 W. Butler Drive, Drums
Luzerne County Community College, Public Safety Training Institute, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke