The Ocean County Health Department will be conducting an exchange and distribution of potassium iodide, or KI pills, beginning Monday, April 9th. The supply of pediatric potassium iodide (KI 65 mg), currently held by residents located in the 10 mile emergency planning zone, is due to expire April 30, 2012. In addition, this exchange will offer proper disposal of expired KI pills.

The 10-mile Planning Zone Municipalities include: Barnegat Light, Barnegat Township, Beachwood, Beach Haven, Berkeley Township, Toms River, Harvey Cedars, Island Heights, Lacey Township, Long Beach Township, Pine Beach, Ocean Township, Ocean Gate, Seaside Park, Ship Bottom, South Toms River, Stafford, and Surf City.

 

All residents living in the 10-mile Planning Zone are invited to participate in the exchange and receive the new supply of KI for their children. If you have never received a supply of KI for you or your children, the both adult and pediatric (up to 18 years of age) are available. The OCHD reminds residents that they should always take preparedness steps, if able, for any type of emergency. It is important for residents to know that if they reside or work within a
10-mile radius of the nuclear power plant in Forked River they are eligible to receive potassium iodide (KI) pills, for free, that can be used in case of a plant emergency.

The Ocean County Health Department has been offering the KI pills for over 10 years now. This is a preparedness measure ONLY and not in response to any imminent danger or threat.

Residents may get or bring their current supply of potassium iodide to on any of the following exchange sites.

• Ocean County Health Department Main Site at 175 Sunset Avenue, Toms River
• Ocean County Health Department Southern Site at 333 Haywood Rd, Manahawkin

If you need additional assistance or have questions or concerns about the exchange program, please call the OCHD at 732-341-9700 ext. 7502