Residents urged to check expiration date on existing household supply.
The Salem County Health Department will hold its annual distribution of potassium iodide (KI) pills on Wednesday June 7, 2017 for residents who live within a 10-mile radius of the Salem & Hope Creek Generating Center. Distribution will be from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Fifth Street Complex, located at 110 Fifth Street, Salem, NJ 08079.
“Being prepared in advance for any type of emergency is important. We encourage residents to visit the informational tables to receive valuable literature to help you learn what you need to do to prepare your family for any type of emergency,” said Freeholder Director Bob Vanderslice.
The Health Department is also asking residents to check their existing household supply of (KI) to ensure their pills have not expired. KI pills, which stop the thyroid from absorbing cancer-causing radioactive iodine, have a maximum shelf-life effectiveness of approximately six years. KI pills are distributed in individual foil packets and envelopes, with dosages marked for children or adults, along with the expiration date.
Should there be an accidental release, radiation could affect anyone within 10 miles of the generating center. Areas in the 10-mile radius are Elsinboro, Lower Alloway Creek, Salem, and some parts of Pennsville, Mannington, and Quinton. If you are unsure if you live within the 10 mile radius, contact the County Office of Emergency Management at 856-769-2900.
In an emergency, the County Health Department will set up distribution sites for those people who do not already have the KI potassium iodide on hand.
The pills should only be taken during a nuclear emergency, at the direction of the State Department of Health. For more information about KI, you can call the County Health Department at 856-935-7510 ext. 8304 or go to www.health.salemcountynj.gov
The Salem County Health Department also distributes KI pills throughout the year to walk-ins at the Fifth Street Complex.