Residents, businesses, and schools that are within 10 miles of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant (called the Emergency Planning Zone, which includes portions of Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties), may pick up free Potassium Iodide (KI) from their local health department, as they are at greatest risk of exposure to radioactive iodine. Radioactive iodine may be released from a nuclear power plant during an emergency. If breathed or swallowed, it can damage your thyroid gland, which could cause loss of thyroid function, nodules, or thyroid cancer. Children are at greater risk for thyroid damage than adults. Use of KI saturates the thyroid gland with non-radioactive iodine, blocking any radioactive iodine to protect your thyroid gland. KI only protects the thyroid from radioactive iodine. It does not protect other parts of the body from radioactive iodine and does not protect against other forms of radiation.
Lake County residents may pick up KI pills at Lake County General Health District between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (address below). Businesses and schools should call the Health District at (440) 350-2543 to place an order. When the order is complete, it may be picked up at our office building in Mentor (address below).
Lake County General Health District
5966 Heisley Road
Mentor, Ohio 44060
To learn more about Potassium Iodide (KI), please review the following fact sheets:
- First Energy Emergency Preparedness Information (EPI) Booklet
- Lake County, Ohio Emergency Management Agency Nuclear Preparedness
- Ohio Department of Health KI Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention KI Information
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission KI Information
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration Radiation Emergencies Information