The Long Beach Island Health Department will be offering potassium iodide (KI) pills to people who live or work within 10 miles of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station. These areas 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 Township and Surf City.
If you have received KI pills in the past, check the expiration date. You can receive a replacement for outdated pills. Bring the outdated KI pills for proper disposal.
- KI pills will be dispensed only for the number of people presently living in the household. One family member may pick up the pills for the household.
- Bring identification to show that you live or work within the above listed areas – for example, driver’s license, property tax record, utility bill or employee ID card.
- Anyone allergic to shellfish should consult his or her physician.
- Anyone allergic to iodine cannot receive the KI pill.
The Long Beach Island Health Department will be distributing the KI pills at its office at 9306 Long Beach Blvd., Peahala Park on the following dates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Thursday, Sept. 25; Friday, Oct. 3; Tuesday, Oct. 7; and Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Ocean County Health Department will also be offering KI pill distribution on the following dates:
- Friday, 10/3/14, Lacey Township Community Center, 6 East Lacey Rd., Forked River, 3 to 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, 10/8/14, Ocean County Fire and First Aid Training Center, 200 Volunteer Way, Waretown, 3 to 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, 10/30/14, the Barnegat branch of the Ocean County Library, 112 Burr St., 4 to 7:30 p.m.
For further information on the LBI program, call 609-492-1212 and ask for a public health nurse. For details on the county health department program, visit ochd.org or call 732-341-9700, extension 7503.
Originally published: The Sandpaper.net, 9/25/14