May 25, 2007
Oswego County Will Distribute KI May 31 in Mexico
MEXICO - Oswego County will hold a “KI Distribution Day” from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at McFee Ambulance, 52 Watson Ave., Mexico. The County Emergency Management Office and County Health Department will distribute potassium iodide (KI) to people who live in the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba.
The county recently received new KI pills from New York State. The new pills replace KI that was distributed in 2002 and 2005. The older KI pills recently expired. Patricia Egan, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, encourages people 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 county will distribute one 65mg tablet for every child under age 12 and one 130mg tablet for every adult in a household. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 who weigh less than 150 pounds will receive one 65mg tablet; children between ages 12 and 18 who weigh more than 150 pounds will receive one 130mg tablet.
Representatives of the County Health Department, Emergency Management Office, and the nuclear power plants 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 around the nuclear plants. People will also receive information on how to store the pills and how they will receive instructions 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,” 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 System radio and television stations during an emergency. KI should only be taken at the direction of emergency officials.
KI is also available at the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, 200 N. Second St., Fulton, and the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner St. in Oswego. The offices are open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Information about KI is available on the Emergency Management Office section of the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/emo.
To receive a brochure about KI or for information about any aspect of emergency planning, call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792, or the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.
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