County Distributes Potassium Iodide Pills Sept. 16
POTTSTOWN PA – Montgomery County residents who live, work, or attend schools within a 10-mile radius of the Limerick nuclear generating station will have opportunities to pick up free thyroid-protective potassium iodide tablets for themselves and their families on scheduled dates and times during September (2021) at any of three locations, the county Office of Public Health announced.
Distributions are planned for Sept. 16 (Thursday) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the:
- Pottstown Health Center, 364 King Street, Pottstown; and
- Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown.
An earlier distribution was held at both locations Sept. 9 (Thursday).
Tablets also are available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pottstown Health Center. Residents can contact the center by phone at 610-970-5040 any time during the year to inquire about potassium iodide, health center personnel indicated.
Potassium iodide, a chemical compound also known by the letters “KI,” can help protect the human thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine, when taken as directed during radiological emergencies. Individuals should take the tablets only when told to do so by state health officials or the governor.
Under the county’s distribution program, adults and children will receive a two-day supply of the compound. Directions detailing when and how to take the tablets, as well as instructions for proper storage, will be provided.
Individuals can pick up tablets for other families or those who are unable to pick them up on their own. To expedite the process, Montgomery County residents can complete a public form for the purpose online, here, then print and bring it with them.