Potassium Iodide (KI) Distribution Set for October 24
Residents Within the Emergency Planning Zone of McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Power Plants Advised of KI Distribution
GASTONIA, N.C. – Potassium Iodide, also known by its chemical symbol, KI, will be distributed to residents and employers within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Power Plant in Mecklenburg, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties. It was previously planned for Spring 2020 and was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new date for KI distribution to residents within the Emergency Planning Zone of McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Power Plants is October 24, 2020 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Potassium Iodide (KI) is an over-the-counter medication that can protect the thyroid if someone is exposed to radioactive iodine during a radiological emergency. If taken at the appropriate time and at the proper dosage, KI fills the thyroid with stable iodine to prevent radioactive iodine from being absorbed, therefore reducing the risk of possible damage of the thyroid. While KI is recommended for any radiological emergency, evacuation remains the best course of action for protecting your health. Please be advised that any KI that has been inadvertently opened from the blister pack, has moisture damage on the package or has turned yellow (indicating it hasn’t been stored in accordance with labeled directions) should be discarded.
In the event of a radiological emergency, you will be advised of the protective actions you should take through the Emergency Alert System. KI should be kept in a safe, accessible location and should only be taken when instructed by public health authorities.
The distribution of new KI tablets will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in each of the five counties previously mentioned. Residents that live within the 10-mile radius of the McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Power Stations can pick up their new supply at the following locations on October 24:
- Mecklenburg County residents: J.M. Alexander Middle School, 12010 Hambright Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 and Kennedy Middle School, 4000 Gallant Lane, Charlotte, NC 28273
- Catawba County residents: Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue, 4011 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
- Gaston County residents: Forestview High School, 5545 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056 and Pinewood Elementary School, 1925 N Main Street, Mt Holly, NC 28120
- Iredell County residents: Pine Lake Preparatory, 104 Yellow Wood Circle, Mooresville, NC 28115 and Woodland Heights Elementary School, 288 Forest Lake Blvd., Mooresville, NC 28117
- Lincoln County residents: Shanklin Library, 7837 Fairfield Forest Rd, Denver, NC 28037 and the Lincoln County Health Department, 200 Gamble Dr, Lincolnton, NC 28092. (KI will be available at both locations through the end of November.)
If you are unable to make it to your county’s pick-up site, please contact them using the information below to find out when and where you may pick up KI after October 24, 2020. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or is a close contact and currently under quarantine restrictions, should contact their local health department later to arrange pick up of KI tablets.
For more information, please visit the appropriate website below:
The United Nuclear Regulatory Commission - NRC.gov
Gaston County Health Department or call 704-853-5200
Mecklenburg County Public Health or call 704-517-8046
Catawba County Public Health or call 828-695-5800
Iredell County Health Department or call 704-878-5300
Lincoln County Health Department or call 704-735-3001