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The United States government mandates the distribution of Potassium Iodide to the population within 10 miles of any nuclear power plant. The following information is taken directly from The U.S. Nuclear Regulation Commissions (NRC) website.

What is potassium iodide? - Potassium iodide is a salt, similar to table salt. Its chemical symbol is KI. It is routinely added to table salt to make it "iodized." Potassium iodide, if taken in time and at the appropriate dosage, blocks the thyroid gland's uptake of radioactive iodine and thus could reduce the risk of thyroid cancers and other diseases that might otherwise be caused by exposure to radioactive iodine that could be dispersed in a severe nuclear accident.

What is the role of potassium iodide in radiological emergency preparedness?
Potassium iodide is a special kind of protective measure in that it offers very specialized protection. Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland against internal uptake of radioiodines that may be released in the unlikely event of a nuclear reactor accident. The purpose of radiological emergency preparedness is to protect people from the effects of radiation exposure after an accident at a nuclear power plant. Evacuation is the most effective protective measure in the event of a radiological emergency because it protects the whole body (including the thyroid gland and other organs) from all radionuclides and all exposure pathways. Administering KI can be a reasonable, prudent, and inexpensive supplement to in-place sheltering and evacuation.

Does this rule imply that America's nuclear reactors are less safe?
In 2001, the NRC revised of its emergency preparedness regulation that requires that States with a population within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of commercial nuclear power plants consider including potassium iodide as a protective measure for the general public to supplement sheltering and evacuation in the unlikely event of a severe nuclear power plant accident. The rule does not imply that the present generation of nuclear power plants are less safe than previously thought. On the contrary, present indications are that nuclear power plant safety has significantly improved since the existing emergency preparedness requirements became effective after the Three Mile Island-2 accident in 1979.

Why does the rule require States to consider the use of potassium iodide instead of mandating its use?
The NRC will not require use of potassium iodide by the general public because the NRC believes that current emergency planning and protective measures--evacuation and sheltering--are adequate and protective of public health and safety. However, the NRC recognizes the supplemental value of potassium iodide and the prerogative of the States to decide the appropriateness of the use of potassium iodide by its citizens. The NRC believes the final rule together with the decision to provide funding for the purchase of a State's supply of potassium iodide strikes a proper balance between encouraging (but not requiring) State authorities to take advantage of the benefits of potassium iodide. By requiring consideration of the use of potassium iodide, the Commission recognizes the important role of States and local governments in matters of emergency planning. This rule applies to States and Tribal governments that have a nuclear power plant within their borders and populations within the 10-mile emergency planning zone and to local governments designated by States to request funding for potassium iodide.

Can individual members of the public obtain potassium iodide?
FDA has approved potassium iodide as an over-the-counter medication. As with any medication, individuals should check with their doctor or pharmacist before using it.

The United States Government provides Potassium Iodide to the population within 10-mile EPZ around nuclear power plants?
The population closest (within the 10 mile EPZ) to the nuclear power plant are at greatest risk of exposure to radiation and radioactive materials. The purpose of radiological emergency preparedness is to protect people from the effects of radiation exposure after an accident at a nuclear power plant. Evacuation is the most effective protective measure in the event of a radiological emergency because it protects the whole body (including the thyroid gland and other organs) from all radionuclides and all exposure pathways. However, in situations when evacuation is not feasible, in-place sheltering is substituted as an effective protective action. In addition, administering potassium iodide is a reasonable, prudent, and inexpensive supplement to both evacuation and sheltering. When the population is evacuated out of the area, and potentially contaminated foodstuffs are interdicted, the risk from further radioactive iodine exposure to the thyroid gland is essentially eliminated.

Suggested Use: Adults take 1-4 capsules per day for no more than 10 days. For maintaining beneficial levels of iodide in the thyroid, use the maximum daily dose. Do not use for more than 10 days without consulting a physician. Use only according to these directions.

Warning: KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. Women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or breastfeeding and people allergic to iodide should consult a physician before using this product. In case of overdose or allergic reaction discontinue use immediately and consult a physician. This potassium iodide product is not intended to be used as a long term daily supplement and should not be used for an extended period of time (over ten days) without consulting a physician.

As demand spikes for potassium iodide in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, U.S. poison control centers are starting to receive reports of illness in people who’ve ingested the drug aimed at protecting against radiation sickness.

At least seven people have reported reactions to the drug, often called by its chemical name, KI, including two who said they were suffering from serious symptoms including vomiting, racing heart and dizziness or vertigo. That’s according to Jessica Wehrman, a spokeswoman for the American Association of Poison Control Centers, which tracks reports from 57 poison control centers nationwide. Adults older than 40 are warned not to take KI unless contamination with a very large doses of radioactive iodine is expected. They're at the lowest risk for developing thyroid cancer after radiation exposure and at highest risk for having allergic reactions to KI.

Taking potassium iodide can be harmful to people who are allergic to iodine, those who have certain skin disorders and people with thyroid diseases including goiter, Graves’ disease or autoimmune thyroid disorders. Side effects from KI can include upset stomach, rashes and inflammation of the salivary glands.

“It’s always balancing the risk and the benefit,” Wartofsky said. “There is absolutely no risk at from major nuclear radiation at the present time.”


We discovered that also, here in the U.S. there are 23 of these identically designed reactors (like the Japanese ones)…9 of which are built within the affectation zone of the Madrid Fault line. The ones which should be of main interest are the ones along the southern states bordering the area of the Mississippi River…stretching from southern Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri to the mouth of the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana. Also keep in mind while you read this that in May, I believe the dates are from the 12th through the 16th of May, there is a coordinated “drill” planned by both FEMA and the DHS centered in western Kentucky, where the Madrid Fault is at its most vulnerable. Verification of the dates of the aforementioned “drill” or “exercise” are available online.

and take a look at the FEMA requests:
We all had questions, already, as to why FEMA has been ordering millions upon millions of cotton blankets, first aid kits, and several millions (140 million at last count by my calculations at THAT point) cases of imperishable foods which have an undetermined ‘shelf-life’. That 140 million case request was reported 2 months ago, and by now I’m sure that the requested number of food cases has gone up.

Quote from Fema "The purpose of this Request for Information is to identify sources of supply for meals in support of disaster relief efforts based on a catastrophic disaster event within the New Madrid Fault System for a survivor population of 7M to be utilized for the sustainment of life during a 10-day period of operations."
FEMA Requests - read more
If they are getting ready, so should you! It is always best to be prepared for an unexpected disaster. Make sure you know where the nuclear reactors are in your State.

Map of Nuclear Reactors in the United States

RECOMMENDATIONS: I would advise you to have at least one bottle per family member put away in your preparedness spot. When there is a crisis this may not be available. Product will be good for at least 5 years after expiration date. Just keep these cool and dry.

Suggested Usage: As directed by a healthcare practitioner for short-term use only: Adults and adolescents 4 tablets; Children ages 4-12 years 2 tablets; Children ages 1-3 years 1 tablet.
Contains no: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives. Vegetarian/ Vegan Product.
Caution: Potassium Iodide in the form contained in this product should only be taken as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Advise your healthcare practitioner if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or if you have a medical condition. Do not exceed suggested usage. For short-term use only. Discontinue use if you develop swollen salivary glands, stomach upset, or skin rash. Do not use if you have an iodine sensitivity, a thyroid condition, or if you are taking anti-hypertension or anti-thyroid medications. Keep out of reach of children.

HHA Potassium Iodide

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