PREPAREDNESS IN CONNECTICUT
RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS (REP)
MILLSTONE POWER STATION
POTASSIUM IODIDE (KI TABLETS)
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY
SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION FACT SHEETS
KI TABLETS/POTASSIUM IODIDE
Potassium iodide, also known as KI, is a form of
iodine. KI helps protect your thyroid gland when
there is a chance you might be exposed to a
harmful amount of radioactive iodine. The thyroid
gland uses iodine to make hormones that control
your bodyís metabolism. Radioactive iodine can
harm your thyroid gland and can increase your risk
of developing thyroid cancer years after exposure.
The State of Connecticut makes potassium iodide
tablets (brand name IOSATTM) available to
residents and workers within the 10-mile emergency
planning zone (EPZ) around Millstone Power Station
in Waterford, Connecticut. The affected
communities include: East Lyme, Old Lyme,
Waterford, New London, Groton City, Groton Town,
Fishers Island, NY, and portions of Lyme,
KI may be obtained by anyone, but it will only be
provided in advance, and free of charge, to those
within the EPZ.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT KI TABLETS:
SHELTER AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES IN THE
EVENT OF A RADIOLOGICAL ACCIDENT:
If Advised to "Take Shelter", the Conecticut
Department of Emergency Services recommends:
driving, close windows and/or vents and turn
off the air conditioner or heater. Go home or
to a public building.
inside and close all windows and doors.
off all devices that draw outside air.
stove or fireplace fires and close flues when
not use the telephone.
phone lines open for emergency personnel.
to monitor your local EAS radio or TV
you know of neighbors or co-workers with
language or hearing difficulties please inform
them of this situation
If you are located in an area that has
been advised to "Evacuate",
please be aware that state and local plans were
developed and are in place to assure your
safety. Each community within the 10-mile radius
of the nuclear power facility has been assigned
to one of five Connecticut communities
predesignated as a Host Community. These Host
Communities have agreed to receive and shelter
individuals who have been told to evacuate their
homes or the area. When directed to evacuate,
please carry out the following:
together those household members who are
the following items, as necessary:
credit cards, checkbook
medicine or special medical equipment and
potassium iodide (KI) if on hand.
pillows, soap, towels, toiletries diapers,
bottles, milk/baby formula
and important personal papers
radio, flashlight, batteries.
and lock all windows and doors.
off devices that draw outside air.
off lights and electrical appliances (except
refrigerator and freezer).
pets may not be able to be brought to all
Red Cross Shelters try to make other
arrangements, such as staying with family or
friends. Some hotels or motels waive "no pet"
provisions during an emergency. If you must
leave your pet behind, make sure you leave
plenty of food and water and your petís
favorite toys and bedding.
if your neighbors need a ride -- carpool with
them if necessary.
not to use your telephone. Keep phone lines
open for emergency personnel.
to your assigned Host Community Reception
Center. Evacuation routes are described on
pages 2 and 3 of the yellow pages in those
telephone directories within a 10 mile radius
around Millstone. If you are not near a
telephone book, the local Emergency Broadcast
System (EAS) television or radio stations will
be giving the instructions. Continue to listen
to a local EAS radio station while you are in
MILLSTONE: Specific instructions for
residents of the 10 town area around Millstone
ALL TOWNS: In general, if an
evacuation is ordered for any town, the evacuation
routes and destinations will be broadcast via the
emergency broadcast system. If you know of
neighbors or co-workers with language or hearing
difficulties please inform them of any evacuation
information that you hear from an emergency
Connecticut Department of Emergency
Services and Public Protection;
Connecticut Department of Public Health's "Connecticut Guide to
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2013