Potassium Iodide Program
Elsinboro school building is located within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of the (Salem-Hope Creek) nuclear generating station.
As part of New Jersey’s preparedness planning, the Department of Health and Senior Services began making the over-the-counter drug potassium iodide (KI) available for use during a radiological emergency.
In accordance with this planning initiative, schools within the 10-mile emergency planning zone have been given a supply KI for storage and use, in the event of a nuclear emergency.
Proper use of KI protects the thyroid from exposure to radioactive iodine and can reduce the risk of thyroid cancer after a severe nuclear emergency event resulting in a release of radiation. It is a supplement to evacuation or sheltering. Evacuation and sheltering remains New Jersey’s primary public protective actions in the event of an accident at any nuclear generating station.
Please read the attached KI information sheets and mark the appropriate box of the attached KI permission slip, which will alert the school officials of your choice to have your child receive or not receive KI in the event of a radiological release. This form will remain in effect as long as your child attends this school; unless you notify us in writing that you have changed your choice.
If you have any concerns regarding the emergency use of KI or questions on your child’s health and the use of KI, please discuss this with your child’s health care provider.
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If you have any further questions about the school’s program, please contact me.