HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Health will offer free potassium iodide, or KI, tablets on Thursday, Aug. 9, to individuals who live or work within 10 miles of the state’s five nuclear power plants, including the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station near Berwick, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne).
KI tablets will be distributed from 2-7 p.m. at the locations listed below. No appointments are necessary.
• Butler Township Community Center, 411 West Butler Drive, Drums.
• Luzerne County Community College – Public Safety Center, 1333 South Prospect St., Nanticoke.
• Salvation Army Community Corps Building, 320 W. 2nd St., Berwick.
“KI tablets are an important part of the preparedness plan in the event of a radiological emergency,” says Toohil. “I encourage residents to take advantage of this free state program so they have the tablets on hand.”
Those picking up tablets will receive specific instructions from community health nurses on-site on how many tablets they should take.
KI can be taken by anyone, as long as they are not allergic to it. It is safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medication, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take potassium iodide should ask a health care provider first.
Individuals can pick up KI tablets for other family members or those who are unable to get it on their own. Directions explaining when to take the KI tablets and how to store it are provided with the packages, and Department of Health staff will be available to assist those with any questions.
School districts and employers within a 10-mile radius can arrange to obtain their supply of KI tablets from the department. The tablets are also available year-round at county and municipal health departments or state health centers for those who live or work near a nuclear power plant.
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office