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Potassium Iodide (KI) Distribution Scheduled

Potassium Iodide (KI) Distribution Scheduled

Published: October 21, 2020

Catawba County residents living within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone of McGuire Nuclear Power Plant will have the opportunity to pick up new Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets.


When: Oct. 24, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue, 4011 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673


Residents in this planning zone who are unable to make it to the pick-up date should contact us by calling (828) 695-580 0 to make arrangements for a future pick-up.


Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or is a close contact and currently under quarantine restrictions should call to arrange pick up of KI tablets at a later date.


About Potassium Iodide (KI)

Potassium Iodide, also known by its chemical symbol, KI, is distributed every few years to residents and employers within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the McGuire Nuclear Power Plant.

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.


In the event of a radiological emergency, individuals will be advised of protective actions that should be taken 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.


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.