The Delaware Emergency Management Agency and Delaware Division of Public Health will distribute potassium iodide tablets to Delaware residents living within a 10-mile radius of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations.

The free tablets will be distributed from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Middletown Fire Station, 27 W. Green St. Delaware residents living within the 10-mile radius, called the Emergency Planning Zone, have received notification of the distribution via mail.

Potassium iodide will be available to residents who received it previously and whose tablets have reached their expiration date, as well as those who not received the tablets before. Individuals with home or business addresses within the zone are eligible to receive the tablets. The state of Delaware received the tablets when it chose to participate in a program initiated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Potassium iodide does not protect against external radiation, but can help protect the thyroid gland from ingested or inhaled radioactive iodine that might be released in a radiation emergency. Potassium iodide is one of the measures outlined in Delaware’s emergency plans developed for use in a nuclear incident. The primary method of protecting residents is evacuation of the zone. Potassium iodide offers additional protection.

Those who are eligible to receive the tablets should bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, or proof of residency, such as a utility bill, with them to the distribution center. Individuals in possession of potassium iodide that has passed the expiration date can bring those tablets to the distribution center to receive new tablets.

Delaware residents living outside of the 10-mile zone who would like to obtain potassium iodide tablets should contact their pharmacist.

For more, call 659-3362.